TOKYO — Fast Retailing Co. Ltd’s Uniqlo is developing a new line of tennis wear developed with one of the sport’s rising stars, Kei Nishikori.
The first pieces in the series will be released on April 2 and will be available only online in Japan and at the retailer’s new flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district, which is due to open on March 16.
“The limited-run line…will closely resemble the look and feel of the actual kit worn by Mr. Nishikori at the 2012 Australian Open, where he became the first Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament in 80 years,” the company said Monday.
Uniqlo has sponsored Nishikori since last year, when it started creating one-off pieces for the athlete to wear during matches. The company said that Nishikori’s top request was that his match wear offer protection from the heat. The new line uses Uniqlo’s new Dry-Ex fabric, developed with textile manufacturer Toray Industries, Inc. The retailer says the fabric absorbs perspiration, dries quickly, and is thin, light and breathable. Flat seam stitching provides extra comfort.
Prices of the clothing line range from 3,900 yen, or about $50 at current exchange rates, for shorts and tops to 6,990 yen, or $90, for warm-up jackets. Accessories such as wristbands, a cap and a bag will also be available, ranging in price from 790 yen, or about $10, to 5,990 yen, or about $77.