Crowds gather for the opening of the first Unique Clothing Warehouse, now known as Uniqlo, on June 2, 1984, in Hiroshima, Japan. A lot has changed since then for the Japanese retailer, whose roots go back to 1949. Photo: Uniqlo

The Uniqlo story: from a single store to a global fashion empire, with ambitions to be world’s No 1 brand

  • Uniqlo’s roots go back to a men’s clothing store in a far-flung Japanese city in 1949; influenced by US retail trends, it began expanding in Japan in the 1980s
  • It took another cue, from US retailer The Gap, and a fortuitous name change to trigger global expansion. Now everyone, everywhere is a potential customer
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Crowds gather for the opening of the first Unique Clothing Warehouse, now known as Uniqlo, on June 2, 1984, in Hiroshima, Japan. A lot has changed since then for the Japanese retailer, whose roots go back to 1949. Photo: Uniqlo
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