Fast Retailing has taken a minority interest in Lemaire, the brand established by Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran, and is deepening the Uniqlo link with the man who is artistic director at its Paris R&D Centre.
Uniqlo said customer demand has led it to begin taking earlier-than-expected advance orders for the game wear that Roger Federer wore at Wimbledon as its new deal with the tennis champ starts to pay off.
Fast Retailing announced an important expansion of an existing deal on Friday, a deal that has the potential to make it a big name in “on-demand mass manufacturing” as well as boosting its use of hi-tech textiles.
H&M remains the most popular fashion brand globally with Zara, Adidas, Asos and Nike also in the top five of brands consumers are searching for, while French luxury labels are performing strongly, new figures show.
Zozotown, which swooped in as a little-known retail website and prodded once-reluctant Japanese consumers to shop online for clothes, is now facing stiff competition in the industry whose image it remade.