Ushering in the Uniqlo Era

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Photo: Levi Brown

With Uniqlo's new Fifth Avenue store officially in the works, this week's magazine delves into the rapid rise of the Japanese basics brand. It's a success model built on a mountain of skinny jeans and rainbow-colored cashmere: Though Uniqlo flagships failed in suburban malls in the early aughts, it found a devoted following in urban environments like New York and Los Angeles. The Soho outpost is regularly the highest-grossing Uniqlo store worldwide, serving about 24,000 customers every Saturday. Read more about Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai ("like Warren Buffett in Japan"), the brand's rigorous management style, and Jil Sander's future plans for the chain here.

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