TOKYO — Japanese retailers saw robust sales growth in June, boosted by warm weather and and an early start to seasonal markdowns.
Fast Retailing said Tuesday that June comps at its Uniqlo stores in Japan rose 20.5 percent on the year, attributing the growth to a mix of favorable weather and strong sales of summer items featured in its ad campaign. Uniqlo’s customer numbers at its Japan stores were up by 26.4 percent.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Japan’s largest department store operator, said that June sales at its nine main stores increased by 5.7 percent year-on-year. This marks the fifth straight month of sales growth for the retailer, which recently remodeled the women’s clothing and accessories sections of its Shinjuku Isetan flagship store. The company said the store has been performing well since its grand reopening in March.
Takashimaya saw an increase of 7.8 percent in June sales at its 18 department stores in Japan. One of the biggest gains came from its Shinjuku store in Tokyo, where sales were up 12.8 percent on the year. Like Uniqlo, Takashimaya also said that customer numbers had been higher than last June throughout the month. It also contributed the sales increase to a successful clearance sale and one additional Sunday in comparison with the same month last year.
J. Front Retailing, which operates the Daimaru and Matsuzakaya chains of department stores, said its June same-store sales grew 15.4 percent. These were given a boost by a clearance sale that began on June 28, as opposed to July 1 last year. The retailer’s overall sales were also bolstered by a major sale event at its Ginza store, which closed at the end of June for renovations. Sales at that store more than quadrupled compared to the same month last year.
Sales at Hankyu and Hanshin department stores, operated by H2O Retailing, rose 24 percent in June, marking the eighth straight month of growth for the retailer. Much of the increase came from the Hankyu Umeda flagship store in Osaka, which had its grand opening in November after extensive renovations and expansion. That store’s sales grew 69.9 percent on the year.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
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Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
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For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)