Fast Retailing Hasn’t Decided to Join Bangladesh Safety Pact

Uniqlo's Nanjing Road West Store in Shanghai | Source: Fast Retailing

TOKYO, Japan — Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothing retailer, hasn’t decided if it will join a safety pact to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh following the country’s worst industrial disaster.

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On Fleeting Hong Kong Trips, Chinese Make Frugal Fashionable

Source: Reuters

HONG KONG, China — Armed with empty suitcases and same-day return tickets, an army of mainland Chinese is descending on suburban outlet shopping malls and international fashion chains in Hong Kong, turning cheap into the new chic as luxury falls out of favour.

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With an Evolutionary Approach, Uniqlo Aims to Create New Category

Uniqlo Lifewear Presentation | Source: Uniqlo

Earlier this week, BoF spoke to senior executives at the launch of Uniqlo’s new Lifewear concept to understand the guiding principles and goals of an apparel company more rooted in technology than fashion.

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Fast Retailing Raises Forecast on Overseas Sales, Weaker Yen

Uniqlo Ad Campaign Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Uniqlo

TOKYO, Japan — Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothing retailer, raised its forecast for annual profit as the seller of Uniqlo apparel expanded overseas and benefited from the yen weakening to a three-year low.

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Fast Retailing Shares Reach Record in Tokyo as Sales Surge

Uniqlo Ad Campaign Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Uniqlo

TOKYO, Japan — Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest apparel retailer, rose to a record in Tokyo trading after saying warmer weather and an extra Sunday in March fueled the biggest monthly sales jump in more than three years.

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Queen of clean, Disposable designers, J Brand acquired, Going global, Wang in at Balenciaga

Jil Sander by Peter Lindbergh | Source: WSJ

The Queen of Clean (WSJ) “Sander is one of the few who has managed to return to her namesake company—not just once, but twice. ‘The first time I left was difficult,’ Sander admits. ‘But it was even more sad the second time. I sold my shares and cut completely.’ In her new setup, as creative director, Sander is an employee of a publicly traded company: She doesn’t own any shares; she does not sit

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Chanel’s legacy, Fast Retailing push, Editor exodus, Roitfeld goes global, Dream shoemaker

Joan Smalls and Kanye West from 'The Little Black Jacket' | Source: Chanel

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket: How Chanel split the fashion atom (Telegraph) “That innocuous cardie turned out to be fashion’s equivalent of the atom. And Coco split it. First, she took its pockets, which were perfectly positioned far enough down the front panels to encourage a woman to thrust her hands in them confidently, and placed them in corresponding places on jackets. Prior to Coco, women did not thrust, and

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M&A in the cards for Fast Retailing, Calvin Klein in China, Gareth Pugh for MAC, 90 years of Gucci, Cardin’s career

Pierre Cardin | Source: D La Repubblica

Fast Retailing May Buy Bigger Rival in U.S., Europe on Yen (Bloomberg) “Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothing chain, may buy a bigger rival in the U.S. or Europe after the yen’s advance to a postwar high against the dollar boosted the Japanese company’s purchasing power… The billionaire aims to take advantage of the yen’s climb to expand outside Japan, where an unexpectedly long summer damped demand for fall and

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Fast Retailing targets USA, Nike in China, Hyperluxury, Liz Claiborne reinvention, Jean Paul Gaultier on big screen

Uniqlo New York | Source: Covenants

Fast Retailing sets sights on US expansion (FT) “Fast Retailing is poised to expand aggressively in the US, where it is opening its largest Uniqlo store on Friday, as part of its plan to globalise operations rapidly and reduce dependence on its home market… Fast Retailing, which made its name selling high quality, affordable, casual clothes, is accelerating its overseas build-up, with plans to open 200 to 300 stores

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Zara chief bows out, Aspirationals still key, PPR E-commerce push, Fast Retailing slows, Lucky Holley

Amancio Ortega | Source: Elmundo

End of the line for Zara tsar (Independent) “Amancio Ortega, the wealthiest man in Spain and perhaps one of the world’s most reclusive moguls, has tiptoed into the spotlight this week by announcing his imminent retirement from the fast-fashion giant Inditex… which he founded with a single store in La Coruna 35 years ago.” Who’s Buying All That Luxury? Not the Rich (WSJ) “Luxury is soaring again…

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Uniqlo loses its way, Drexler’s secret talks, Jimmy Choo for the boys, Vuitton copycats, Pierre Hardy’s NYC

J.Crew Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: J.Crew

‘Superficial’ Fashion Leads Uniqlo Billionaire Astray (Bloomberg) “Tadashi Yanai, Japan’s richest man, used advice from management guru Peter Drucker to build his Uniqlo clothing empire. To pull out of a slump that’s hammered profits and shares, the billionaire is revisiting the lessons.” J. Crew Board Didn’t Have Many Details Ahead of Bid (WSJ) “J. Crew’s chief executive Millard

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Lanvin’s fast fashion couture, Coach conquers Europe, Footwear News power list, Uniqlo sales dip, WWD at 100

H&M Champs Elysées | Source: Superfuture

Fast Fashion Meets Couture in Paris (IHT) “H&M has a particular reason to welcome the [Lanvin] collection to Paris: a new 2,800-square meter… store on the Champs-Élysées, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel — the first time a ‘fast fashion’ chain has followed the architectural route.” Coach Gallops Into Europe (IHT) “Mr. Frankfort, chairman and CEO of the American accessories

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