10 Things You Might Not Know About Uniqlo

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Leading global Japanese retail company, Uniqlo is taking over the former home of JCPenney at The Bellevue Collection. The 16,000 square-foot Bellevue store will be Uniqlo’s first location northwest of San Francisco. With global sales of $13.6 billion in 2014, the retail giant will impact business on the Eastside but more importantly, fashion. Here are 10 things to know about Uniqlo before the Bellevue opening in Fall 2015.

  1. Uniqlo won’t break your bank. Jeans for $40 and tees for $12.
  2. Prints are simple and classic. Think American Apparel but a price like Forever 21 without the ridiculous graphic tees.
  3. They are not fond of the term “fast-fashion” and have taken steps to make sure none of their garments are seen as disposable. They call their fashion concept, “LifeWear.”
  4. The whole family can shop at Uniqlo. Departments are divided into women, men, kids and baby.
  5. Celebrities are on board. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin of Once Upon A Time, Something Borrowed, He’s Just Not That Into You and Professional golfer and all around hunk, Adam Scott are spokespeople.
  6. Uniqlo is part of the same company that runs J Brand and Theory.
  7. It’s pronounced “YOU-nee-klo” in English. The name comes from mashing up Unique Clothing Warehouse.
  8. Tadashi Yanai founded Uniqlo. Yanai is married with two children and has Net Worth of $21.5 billion.
  9. Yanai is a big supporter of women in the workforce and equal pay for all.
  10. It has been reported that they’ll sometimes make clothing item in up to 50 colors. It’s like walking into a rainbow when you enter the store.
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