Kelly Wetherille

Masahiko Uotani

Markets

Shiseido Chief Talks Diversity, Trump Administration

Masahiko Uotani aims to give women equal opportunities to men, even with regards to upper management positions.

clock February 20, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A Mitsui necklace

Jewelry

Spanish Jewelry Brand Misui Launches in Japan

The Barcelona-based company is making its first international foray.

clock February 16, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Ted Baker Spring 2017 ad campaign

Retail

Ted Baker Reopens in Tokyo

The British lifestyle brand looks to boost its presence in Japan with a new flagship and two new shop-in-shops.

clock February 15, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A Uniqlo store in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Retail

Uniqlo to Enter Spain this Autumn

The Japanese fast-fashion retailer will open its first Spanish store in Barcelona.

clock February 14, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Retail

Japan’s Rakuten Full-Year Net Profit Falls 14.5%

The e-commerce giant said it suffered on higher expenses due to aggressive sales activities and the absense of unrealized gains on stocks in the previous year.

clock February 13, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Financial

Shiseido Full-Year Net Profit Grows 9%

Extraordinary gains boosted the bottom line, despite lower sales and operating profit.

clock February 9, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A look from fall-winter

Mens Designer Luxury

British Tweed Supplier Linton Launches Men’s Apparel in Japan

Linton Men will bow with a small collection of tweed jackets and coats starting with the fall season. The pieces are all made with Linton fabrics, but are designed and sewn in Japan.

clock February 7, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Financial

Kao Full-Year Net Profit Grows 20.3%

Lower costs of raw materials helped boost the company’s bottom line.

clock February 2, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Financial

Japanese Retailers See Mixed Comps in January

A weak yen helped attract customers from overseas but Uniqlo struggled against a high comparative base.

clock February 2, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A Charles & Keith store.

Markets

Charles & Keith Shutters All Japan Stores

The complete brick-and-mortar exit of a key Asian market is a setback for the retailer, who has expressed ambitions to become the next Zara or H&M.

clock January 23, 2017Kelly Wetherille and Tiffany Ap

A Uniqlo store in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Financial

Fast Retailing Net Profit Jumps 45.1% in Fiscal Q1

The Japanese retailer credited cost-cutting measures, a foreign exchange gain and a low comparative base for the improvement.

clock January 12, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Retail

Retailers, Fashion Brands Flock to Southeast Asia

The region is characterized by fast-growing middle classes of consumers, rapidly expanding real estate options and a bevy of destinations where Chinese tourists can spend their cash.

clock December 28, 2016Amanda Kaiser

Financial

Takashimaya 9-Month Net Profit Falls 18.6%

The retailer said “domestic department stores on the whole experienced a decline in profits and revenue, reflecting the harsh business environment.”

clock December 27, 2016Kelly Wetherille

Business Features

20 Fashion Companies Scored on Transparency on Forced Labor

Adidas scored the highest among the 20 companies.

clock December 8, 2016Kristi Ellis

Asian Exhibits Reorganizing.

Markets

Chinese, Japanese Trade Fairs Looking to Increase Attention

There has been some doubt as to whether China still has its edge as the place to do fashion sourcing and manufacturing.

clock December 8, 2016Tiffany Ap and Kelly Wetherille

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