Feb. 9, 2010
Anyone who thinks "cheap chic" is an oxymoron hasn't been to Uniqlo. Japan's casual-wear behemoth has brought Gap-like styles and merchandising to about 825 stores worldwide, including one in the United States. At 35,000 square feet, the department-store-sized Manhattan space packs a powerful visual punch of bright lighting and minimalist displays. Last year, the company announced plans to triple its number of Japanese stores to 200, just days after founder Tadashi Yanai snagged the top spot on Forbes' Top 40 Japanese billionaire list.
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