Global Japanese retailer UNIQLO has opened its first store in India, at Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj in New Delhi, a new milestone for the company in what it believes will be one of its most important markets anywhere in the world. The launch of UNIQLO in India also marks the debut of its concept of LifeWear – apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, high-quality and longevity, made for everyone, everywhere
Joining the opening was Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, who together with Tadashi Yanai, UNIQLO Founder and Chairman, President & CEO of the Fast Retailing Group, Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, and other invited guests performed the official ribbon cutting ceremony in front of 400 UNIQLO fans. The very first customer to have been waiting in line was Neeraj Rawat and to his surprise he was invited to participate in the ceremony. A special performance by the Delhi Wataiko Troupe of traditional Japanese taiko drummers added excitement and drama with their dynamic performance.
“India is not just another new market for UNIQLO. We are confident that today’s launch is the beginning of a long partnership in which we will offer Indian customers the highest quality garments that will increasingly be made right here,” Tadashi Yanai said after the ceremony.
Spread over three floors and with a total retail space of 35,000 square feet, the new store carries a full line up of fall and winter items for men, women, kids and babies, such as Ultra-Light Down (ULD) jackets and vests, HEATTECH and AIRism innerwear, denim, Extra Fine Merino, cashmere and more. Interior designs range from soothing elements with natural materials that integrate the Japanese and Indian aesthetic to the high-energy LED ticker screen and stainless fixtures to convey a contemporary mood.
With the opening of their first store in India, UNIQLO offers customers the latest in seasonal apparel, leading edge visual merchandising, perfect store operations and superb service. UNIQLO Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj is open every day from 11AM until 10PM, with a special 10AM today.
The company will open in two new locations in New Delhi NCR at DLF Avenue, Saket and DLF CyberHub, respectively. More details regarding these locations will be announced at a later date.