UNIQLO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE RELAUNCH
NEW PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE TATE MODERN MUSEUM AND NTS RADIO
UNIQLO has unveiled its relaunch campaign for their global flagship store on Oxford Street, which opens at 8am on Friday 18th March, as well as their ambition for the store to become a cultural hub in London through partnerships with the Tate Modern and NTS Radio, as well as a series of exclusive events.
Commenting on today’s announcement, John Jay, Fast Retailing President of Global Creative, said, “London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and a true creative and cultural utopia.” He added, “At UNIQLO, we believe ‘utopia’ is more than just a place; it is a means for self-expression, through design, creativity and cultural diversity. We wish to celebrate being a part of London, which was after all our first overseas market, almost fifteen years ago and believe that our campaign ambassadors showcase this in the best way possible.”
The campaign, called This Way to Utopia, is a celebration of the vibrant cultural scene in London. It was conceived and produced by Faster Horses, a creative partnership founded by award-winning creative directors Sam Walker and Joe De Souza, shot by legendary photographer Rankin and will include a roadblock TV advertisement and Oxford Street takeover. Sam Walker of Faster Horses said, “It’s exciting to work on a great brand that’s not afraid to keep moving, evolving and challenging perceptions.”
At the forefront of the campaign are six cultural ambassadors:
Skepta is a rapper/songwriter/producer and one of the most prominent artists in the UK grime scene, currently making an impact globally with his Boy Better Know label, which Grammy award-winning rapper Drake joined last month. Hana Tajima is a Muslim designer/visual artist and blogger who produces an on-going collection for Uniqlo which will arrive in the UK for the first time this season and is widely respected amongst the fashion community. Munroe Bergdorf is a transgender model/activist and DJ, who also works in fashion and is involved in raising awareness of transgender issues. Benji B is an influential DJ and record producer. He is known for his late night BBC Radio 1 show and for creating the station's most downloaded podcast. He also runs and DJs at the Deviation Sessions club night in London, and has produced for Kanye West. Sean Frank is a respected filmmaker and visual artist, working with fashion brands and musicians, as well as on personal projects. Cate Underwood is a successful London-based photographer and model, and winner of the Bazaar Fashion Forward awards 2010.
As well as the launch campaign, UNIQLO also announced their partnership with the Tate Modern museum. UNIQLO will be the official sponsor of the Tate Modern’s relaunch weekend in June and will also be the sponsor of a new Tate Modern event called ‘Uniqlo Fridays,’ a series of late night events at the Tate Modern on the first Friday of every month starting in October. As well as the sponsorship, the Tate Modern will be curating quarterly events in the UNIQLO 311 Oxford Street store.
Additionally, the store will also host monthly events in partnership with East London based internet radio station NTS including a summer barbecue on the rooftop of the building. The flagship store will house new collections from Liberty London, which is being sold ahead of the rest of the world in the UK as a celebration of London’s culture. Hana Tajima collection, which is available for the first time ever in the UK exclusively at 311 Oxford street, and the last collection from Lemaire which goes on sale from the date of the flagship launch in physical stores across London.
To celebrate the launch, Uniqlo will be holding a competition ‘Unlock London’ on the 18th March. Customers can collect a postcard with a unique code on from Oxford Circus station, bring this to the flagship store and visit the rooftop where there will be an installation to house 40 London themed prizes. Customers can also register online to receive a code. This activity is an extension of the This way To Utopia campaign, encouraging our customers to engage in the cultural and creative utopia in London, via the new flagship store. Visit uniqlo.com/311 for more information.
Commenting on the launch of the renovated store, Takao Kuwahara, UNIQLO Europe CEO, said, “London was UNIQLO’s first market outside of Japan when we opened in 2001. Our London Global Flagship Store followed in November 2007, offering the largest UNIQLO sales floor space in the world at the time. The redevelopment, almost 10 years later, demonstrates UNIQLO’s longstanding commitment to London and our desire to continue to improve our offering for both a local and a global customer audience.” He added, “We look forward to opening our doors once again on Friday, 18 March, and we hope to welcome many customers on the day.”