TOKYO — As if growing Fast Retailing Co. Ltd.’s sales seven-fold to $54 billion by 2020 wasn’t an ambitious enough target, company chairman and Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai said he’s got bigger plans: to revolutionize the way consumers buy clothes.
“When I was young, Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, [Giorgio] Armani — those brands really were changing the world,” the 60-year-old executive said in an interview at Uniqlo’s brand new showroom atop its Ginza flagship. “But after that, no one else has managed to do the same thing. We want to be a brand that really changes the world.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"