Warm winter means damp profits for Fast Retailing

Jan 7, 2016

Warm winter means damp profits for Fast Retailing

Fast Retailing Co. cut its full-year operating profit forecast as unseasonably warm weather worldwide hurt sales of winter clothes for the retailer’s Uniqlo brand of casual wear, the Yamaguchi-based company said Thursday. Operating profit will probably be ¥180 billion in the year ending August ...

Smart underwear that measures health data developed

Jan 7, 2016

Smart underwear that measures health data developed

An upcoming trade fair in Tokyo will showcase wearable devices that include underwear that can measure the wearer’s heart rate, calorie consumption and back straightness. The machine-washable garment, knitted with conductive metallic textiles, was developed by major underwear maker Gunze Ltd. in collaboration with ...

Old Navy exec to replace founder at helm of Ralph Lauren

Sep 30, 2015

Old Navy exec to replace founder at helm of Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is handing off his title as CEO of the fashion and home decor empire that he founded nearly 50 years ago. The New York-based company announced Tuesday that Stefan Larsson, the global president of Gap’s thriving low-price Old Navy chain, will take ...

Jul 31, 2015

Seven & I, Fast Retailing eye alliance, clothing line

Japanese retail giant Seven & I Holdings Co. and Fast Retailing Co., the operator of Uniqlo and other clothing chains, are mulling forging a comprehensive business alliance, it was learned Friday. They are aiming to meet diversifying consumer needs through the collaboration, which is ...

Fukushima clothing chain expands in China

Apr 4, 2014

Fukushima clothing chain expands in China

A Japanese maker of casual wear for young women is expanding operations in China with its “kawaii” (cute) clothing. “I love cute Japanese clothes and buy them here repeatedly because they are inexpensive,” said Wang Tianyi, a 19-year-old college student who visited Honeys Co.’s ...

Aug 28, 2013

Fire agency looks to upgrade volunteer firefighter clothing, equipment

The central government will reportedly improve protective clothing and equipment provided to volunteer firefighters across the country after 254 such volunteers were killed in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The internal affairs ministry’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency has decided to review standards ...

Clothing retailers boost large-size women's lineup

Apr 11, 2013

Clothing retailers boost large-size women's lineup

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Department stores and other retailers are expanding their lineup of large-size clothes to meet growing demand among big women wishing to don fashionable apparel. Nissen Co., a leading mail-order company based in the city of Kyoto, opened a store in the Parco Part3 building ...