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Fast Retailing

The innovative Japanese parent company of casualwear brand Uniqlo also owns J Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers and Theory.

Vital statistics

  • 1963 Established
  • Public Type
  • > 10,000 Number of employees
  • $11,859m Revenue
  • Tokyo, Japan HQ

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. is a public Japanese retail holding company. In addition to its primary subsidiary Uniqlo, it owns several other brands, including J Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Foot Park, g.u., Princess Tam-Tam, and National Standard.

The company was founded as Ogori Shoji Co., Ltd. in 1963 by Tadashi Yanai.

In 1984, the company, which ran a menswear store in Ube, Yamaguchi, opened a new casual-wear store named Unique Clothing Warehouse in Hiroshima City; this was the forebear of Uniqlo.

In September 1991, Ogori Shoji changed its name to Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., and was listed on the Hiroshima Stock Exchange in July 1994. In February 1999, it was listed on the first section (large companies) of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The company also owns the American brand Theory; Fast Retailing acquired "an equity stake in Link Theory Holdings Co Ltd, the marketer of the Theory and Helmut Lang apparel brands, in 2004. It acquired the rest of the company in 2009.

In 2012, the company purchased an 80% stake of premium denim company J Brand for US$290 million and US$10 million in advisory legal fees.

In November 2013, Fast Retailing appointed Nancy Pedot the new CEO of Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princess Tam Tam.

Source: Wikipedia

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