Uniqlo is Japan's leading clothing retail chain, and also has outlets in China, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Uniqlo pledges China suppliers overhaul after HK NGO exposes poor working conditions

Customers browse at a Uniqlo store in Hong Kong.

The parent company of Japanese clothes retailer Uniqlo has demanded its two major Chinese suppliers overhaul working conditions after a rights group exposed mistreatment of workers.

Friday, 16 January, 2015, 5:35pm 2 comments

Uniqlo's Hong Kong-listed suppliers 'putting workers lives in danger'

A protest in Uniqlo's store in Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, after claims were made about the brand's suppliers. Photo: David Wong

Major Hong Kong-listed suppliers to Japanese fast fashion brand Uniqlo have been accused of risking the health and lives of their migrant workers with substandard factory conditions.

12 Jan 2015 - 6:03pm 1 comment

Labour crunch pushes Japanese firms to reform

Many of Uniqlo's part-time workers will become full-timers. Photo: Reuters

Don Quijote and Uniqlo, two of Japan's best-known mass-market retailers, are not waiting for the government's new growth policies due later this month before implementing their own labour reforms.

6 Jun 2014 - 12:22am

Fast Retailing CEO upbeat despite Asia tensions

Chief executive Tadashi Yanai remains confident that Fast Retailing can become the world's largest apparel retailer. Photo: Edward Wong

Japan's Fast Retailing, the parent company of casual wear chain Uniqlo, says slowing economic growth in mainland China and strained Sino-Japanese relations will not hold back its ambition to become the world's largest apparel retailer.

6 Mar 2014 - 12:35am

Retailer hopes Old Navy will bridge China gap

Gap will have to fight for brand recognition in China for its Old Navy chain. Photo: AP

When Gap began an online campaign before it launched its Old Navy label in China, the iconic US clothing retailer asked its potential Chinese customers: have you heard of Old Navy?

Only a few had.

3 Mar 2014 - 3:22pm

Premium offerings at Japanese value shops

Uniqlo is gambling on its customers being willing to splurge on little luxuries like cashmere sweaters. Photo: Reuters

Cashmere sweaters at Uniqlo. Gourmet coffee and ice cream at 7-Eleven. These incongruously premium offerings by two of Japan’s biggest retailers are part of a strategy to lift profit margins by enticing thrifty shoppers to splurge on little luxuries.

8 Oct 2013 - 1:23am

Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing plans Hong Kong listing, sources say

Tadashi Yanai.

Fast Retailing, the Japanese-based company that operates Uniqlo brand stores, plans to submit a filing with the city's bourse as early as next month for issuing Hong Kong depositary receipts, one of the people said, asking not to be identified.

27 Aug 2013 - 4:18am

Uniqlo brings fashion back to the source in Bangladesh

Uniqlo is breaking new ground by opening outlets in Bangladesh, where international retailers tend to source goods, rather than sell them. Photo: Reuters

On a bustling Dhaka street full of buyers looking for deals on export rejects and designer fakes, a flight of stairs leads up to an anomaly in a country known for producing international clothing brands - a global high street fashion store.

5 Jul 2013 - 1:31pm

Store reviews: Topshop & Uniqlo's new flagship

Topshop boss Philip Green, left, and Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-mei attend the opening ceremony of the first Topshop store in Hong Kong. Photo: AP

After months of speculation and anticipation, Topshop, Britain’s enormously successful “fast fashion” chain, finally made landfall in Hong Kong this week. The opening drew huge press coverage in the UK, from The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph to The Financial Times. Even flamboyant founder and billionaire Sir Philip Green flew into the city just to cut the ribbon.

10 Jun 2013 - 11:51pm

Uniqlo owner won’t sign Bangladesh safety pact

Fast Retailing, parent of Uniqlo, plans to improve disaster preparedness and building inspections at its partner factories by itself. Photo: Reuters

Fast Retailing, the Japanese operator of the Uniqlo and Theory fashion brands, for now will not sign a legally binding safety pact for factories in Bangladesh, preferring to ramp up its own inspections, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

28 May 2013 - 10:35am

Material world: Uniqlo's Tadashi Yanai found inspiration in Hong Kong

Yanai cut the ribbon on Uniqlo's flagship Hong Kong store on Friday and will follow up with a major opening in Shanghai. Photo: Dickson Lee

For Tadashi Yanai, Japan's wealthiest man, Hong Kong represents a special place where his vision to create a world-class apparel and retailing business was honed.

29 Apr 2013 - 8:25am

Uniqlo steps up expansion in Hong Kong

Uniqlo chief executive Tadashi Yanai says he wants the company to be the world's biggest clothing brand by 2020. Photo: Edward Wong

Uniqlo, Asia's biggest apparel chain, plans to add as many as six new retail locations across Hong Kong, following today's opening of its 10th global flagship store in Causeway Bay.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:44am

Out of my closet: Peter Yuill

Out of my closet: Peter Yuill

Artist Peter Yuill is relaxed and friendly when he opens the door, a handlebar moustache giving away his amusing and playful side.

Yuill grew up in Canada, where he was a "graffiti artist and urban explorer", learning to love the streets and factory buildings that permeate his work, which now includes a range of illustrations of Central.

19 Aug 2012 - 6:39pm

The challenges of Ever faster fashion

Fast fashion brands are known for quick responses to shifts in trends and managing product life cycles that are often measured in only weeks.

On the mainland fast fashion is all of the above, plus - the 'fast' in fast fashion means to expand as quickly as possible.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hands on approach

Lulu Guinness is certainly not a new player in the industry - she established her label in 1989 and fans include Helena Bonham-Carter, Dita von Teese and Claudia Schiffer - but 23 years later, her designs are still iconic.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am