Unique initiative combines the fantasy, magic and adventure of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars with UNIQLO LifeWear
TOKYO, Aug 3, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - UNIQLO today announces MAGIC FOR ALL, a global collaboration with Disney Consumer Products. The unique initiative will add a touch of Disney enchantment, Marvel action, Star Wars adventure and Pixar creativity to everyday UNIQLO LifeWear fashions as well as introducing innovative new products, pop-up displays, and in-store and online customer experiences.
"We want to help everyone's dreams come true," said Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. "I am thrilled at this opportunity to collaborate with Disney Consumer Products to lead the way in retail innovation. I look forward to bringing together LifeWear and the magic, excitement and adventure of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar to deliver enjoyment to customers all around the world through our products, customer service and shopping experience."
"The Walt Disney Company prides itself on delivering magical experiences to fans of all ages; whether it's at the movies, retail, our theme parks or at home," said Paul Candland, President, The Walt Disney Company Asia. "UNIQLO shares our passion for storytelling and we look forward to expanding our global collaboration creating unique experiences for fans to immerse themselves in the Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar brands."
The UNIQLO relationship with Disney Consumer Products began in 2009, when the company launched its first collection of UTs (UNIQLO T-shirts) featuring iconic and treasured Disney characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, to the delight of customers worldwide. Through MAGIC FOR ALL, UNIQLO will extend its collaboration beyond the UT and sweat parka lines and introduce new LifeWear items beginning in fall 2015. Products will range from Ultra Light Down, Fleece, and flannel shirts to umbrellas, plush toys, and other offerings featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and then expand to include popular characters from Star Wars, Pixar Animation Studios' Toy Story, Marvel's Avengers and Disney's Frozen.
Customers will be introduced to MAGIC FOR ALL at D23 EXPO, The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, which will take place in Anaheim, Calif., August 14-16, 2015. UNIQLO will have a pop-up store and unveil its first range of MAGIC FOR ALL products, including a series of exclusive UTs, Ultra Light Down jackets and sweatshirts, in addition to a limited edition UT featuring art by John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and special Mickey Plush toys made from soft UNIQLO fabrics such as fleece and flannel. UNIQLO is the official clothing partner of D23, and has provided Disney staff with UTs, polo shirts and jackets designed specifically for the event.
Shoppers will be able to experience the world of MAGIC FOR ALL for the first time with the launch of a concept store in Shanghai at the end of September. Currently under construction, it will occupy the 5th floor of the five story UNIQLO Shanghai Global Flagship Store, which is UNIQLO's largest worldwide. Global flagship and large-format stores around the world will also offer Disney, Marvel and Star Wars-themed products through newly created MAGIC FOR ALL sections.
In spring 2016, UNIQLO will open its first store in the U.S. southeast, at Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This flagship store will house the brand's assortment of MAGIC FOR ALL offerings for men, women and children in a setting that captures the fantasy and magic of Disney.
Notes to Editors
On July 13, UNIQLO announced "friendship in Disney-Pixar movies" as the theme for its annual UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) Grand Prix 2016 Design Contest. First launched in 2005, the annual UT Grand Prix Contest attracts thousands of entries from around the world. The winning designs are included in the following year's spring summer UT Collection, which is sold worldwide. An exclusive animated short was produced to support the 2016 competition. For more, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMElcXXzsSE
On May 30, UNIQLO launched an exclusive collaboration to sell Disney's new TSUM TSUM concept plush toys with specially designed TSUM TSUM UTs, which sold out in just three days. An original animated short was created to support the launch.
On May 19, UNIQLO announced the global launch of a line of Mickey Plays UTs, featuring Mickey Mouse as a professional tennis player and golfer, in the signature stances of UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors Shingo Kunieda, Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic for tennis, and Adam Scott for golf.
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About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.38 trillion yen for the 2014 fiscal year ending August 31, 2014 (US $13.6 billion, calculated in yen using the annual average exchange rate to the end of August 2014 of $1 = 101.5 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world's largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan's leading specialty retailer.
UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,600 stores in 16 markets worldwide including Japan, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and the U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, currently operates several Grameen UNIQLO stores in Dhaka. UNIQLO manages an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.
With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.
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