Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (ファーストリテイリング Fāsuto Riteiringu) is a public Japanese retail holding company. In addition to its primary subsidiary Uniqlo, it owns several other brands, including J BRAND, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Foot Park, g.u., Princess Tam-Tam and National Standard.
The company was founded as Ogori Shoji Co., Ltd. in 1963 by Tadashi Yanai.
In 1984, the company, which ran a menswear store in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, opened a new casual-wear store named Unique Clothing Warehouse in Hiroshima City; this was the forebear of Uniqlo.
In September 1991, Ogori Shoji changed its name to Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., and was listed on the Hiroshima Stock Exchange in July 1994.
In February 1999, it was listed on the first section (large companies) of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The company also owns the American brand Theory; Fast Retailing acquired "an equity stake in Link Theory Holdings Co Ltd, the marketer of the Theory and Helmut Lang apparel brands, in 2004". It acquired the rest of the company in 2009.
In 2007, it unsuccessfully offered a bid of US$900 million for Barneys New York department store to the Jones Apparel Group.
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