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Field of Screams

Jon Bird | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Jon Bird

In the last week, U.S. discount department store Target has announced a retreat from Canada four years after opening there, closing 133 stores, ending 17,600 jobs, and burning US$2 billion in cash. What went wrong?

Under Pressure, Uniqlo Vows To Improve Worker Conditions In China

AP | By ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fashion giant Fast Retailing Co. is tightening controls on treatment of workers at key suppliers' factories in China following...

Timeless or New? The ABCs of Marketing in a Digital Era

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.12.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The explosion of digital platforms is causing many marketers to rethink how they engage with consumers. But sometimes in their hurry to embrace the digital world, companies often lose their way and forget the basic principles of good marketing and branding.

Go Big or Go Home. Tokyo's Megastores Are Super-Sized Fun

Gail Nakada | Posted 12.02.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Tokyo superstores BicQlo, Shinjuku; Yodobashi Camera, Akihabara, and Don Quijote, just about anywhere in town; are big fun. They've refined the concept of 'shop 'til you drop' to the point where you can reach true retail exhaustion without ever leaving the building.

$5 Billion Price Tag Could Be Too High

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business

By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) - An acquisition of preppy J.Crew by Fast Retailing could fit snugly between its Uniqlo bas...

J. Crew In Talks To Be Sold

The Huffington Post | Kim Bhasin | Posted 02.28.2014 | Business

Japanese retail mammoth Fast Retailing is reportedly in talks to purchase U.S.-based J. Crew, according to The Wall Street Journal. Though the talk...

Kim Bhasin

Inside Uniqlo, The Japanese Company With Designs On Dressing the World | Kim Bhasin | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- On a frigid afternoon in midtown Manhattan, international tourists and New Yorkers alike jam the Uniqlo store on Fifth Avenue, perusing a ...

The Faithful Shopper: Winter Wonderland

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Winter is less than one month old, and already it's been eventful! Clearly, we have a lot of weather to go, and luckily we still have some wonderful s...

Uniqlo Officially Makes Parisian Style Attainable

Posted 10.30.2013 | Style

Landing a position as Karl Lagerfeld's and Yves Saint Laurent's muse is no easy feat, but Ines de la Fressange has an oh-so-French style sensibility t...

PHOTOS: This Is The Awesomest Way To Fold Shirts

Posted 10.08.2013 | Style

We already knew Uniqlo was cool, with its light-as-air puffer jackets, stacks of neon tees and sleek Jil Sander collaborations. But Kotaku has shed li...

Uniqlo Signs Bangladesh Safety Accord

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business

TOKYO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Fast Retailing Co Ltd, Asia's biggest retailer and operator of the Uniqlo clothing chain, said on Thursday it had signed a ...

Uniqlo Makes Unusual Move In Bangladesh

Kevin Short | Posted 07.12.2013 | Business

Popular retailer Uniqlo isn't signing the Bangladesh safety accord. Instead the Japanese company announced last week the opening of two stores within ...

Back to the Future: Remastering the Timeless Art of Brand Engagement

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 08.16.2013 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

A beautiful brand idea is invisible, but possesses the gravitation force to unify messages across an exploding array of media, geography and cultures. The brand idea is more than a theoretical abstraction. It remains the lynchpin of consumer loyalty.

San Francisco Is Reflecting the Uniqlo

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 12.15.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

After months of announcing they were "Made for All" on buses and banners, Uniqlo's West Coast fast fashion foray opened on Powell Street.

Uniqlo Founder: 'If We Fail, At Least We Can Say We Were Bold'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.27.2012 | Business

Who says innovation is only for tech companies? Not Tadashi Yanai! The CEO and founder of clothing company Uniqlo says innovation is absolutely key...

PHOTOS: This Looks Fun!

Posted 02.22.2012 | Style

Tavi and Cyndi Lauper might seem like an unlikely duo, but the more we think about this match-up, the more we're loving it. The 15-year-old fashion...

Classic American Brand: We Like China Better

Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

Not satisfied with what they've found at home, a classic American brand is looking overseas to feed its need for sales. The Gap is planning on open...

The Faithful Shopper: New Year's Wishes

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 02.28.2012 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Here are some retail events I'd like to see in the year(s) ahead. Some are more likely than others, but the holidays are a time for dreaming, aren't they?

The Faithful Shopper: Top Trends for 2011

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 02.15.2012 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's been an amazing shopping year in New York City, with new stores, new looks, and new visitors (50 million of them!). Going through a list of the n...

Startups Steal The Spotlight On Ad Age's Annual "Hottest Brands" List

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 11.30.2011 | Small Business

Ad Age recently released its annual list of America's Hottest Brands. And though corporate names like Sharpie, Dove and Chevrolet top the list, severa...

Uniqlo Planning U.S. Expansion

Posted 01.08.2012 | Chicago

The CEO of the fourth-largest retailer in the world has listed Chicago as one of the company's primarily targeted markets in its aggressive U.S. expan...

Notable Quotable: Patricia Field's Drink Of Choice

The Huffington Post | Jada Wong | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Patricia Field I had vodka on the rocks, my drink. The Pat Classic -- straight vodka on the rocks. - Legendary stylist and designer Patricia Fi...

PHOTOS: Inside The World's Biggest Uniqlo

The Huffington Post | Brooke Bobb | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Yesterday while standing in front of Uniqlo's uptown Fifth Avenue location with designer and architect Masamichi Katayama, a passerby's voice was ...

Japanese Retailer, Uniquo Opens Manhattan Store, Eyes U.S. Expansion

Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

Fast Retailing Co Ltd's (9983.T) Uniqlo is launching its U.S. expansion this week with the opening of a flagship store in Manhattan that will anch...

Americans and Australians: Make Room for the Euros!

Joah Spearman | Posted 11.23.2011 | Style
Joah Spearman

Americans and Aussies alike should make room in their closets for some European style. Allsaints,, Topshop and Zara are sending shipments across the Atlantic and down under with a great sense of urgency sure to impact your wallet.