Peace for All

Photography by Yoshio Kato Text by UNIQLO

We’re taking action, in the name of world peace. In June 2022, we launched T-shirt collaborations with fifteen design creators. UNIQLO shares its perspective on this new charitable project.

One hundred million people. In May 2022, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced that the number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflicts and persecution exceeded one hundred million for the first time. That’s nearly 80% of Japan’s population of around 120 million. This alarming figure should serve as an important message, encouraging everyone to take greater action to promote peace.

One of UNIQLO’s goals is to change the world with clothes. Our world is struggling with escalating situations that demand immediate change. If we want world peace, we have to act today—that’s why this June, we launched a new long-term commitment called PEACE FOR ALL, in an effort to make a difference. For over ten years, UNIQLO has partnered with UNHCR to support forcibly displaced people. Through the UT collection we’ve been using T-shirts to spread positive messages throughout the world. This led us to the realisation that a collection of T-shirts focused on peace might be a fitting way to make a difference. By picking out your favourite, you can make a statement about peace through your outfit, spreading the word to those around you. When we began soliciting designs, the first fifteen collaborators graciously provided us with peaceful messages and designs.

Proceeds will be donated to organisations that support vulnerable populations, such as UNHCR, Save the Children, and Plan International.*

The architect Tadao Ando, one of our collaborators, said it best: “In our increasingly fragmented world, we owe it to each other to acknowledge that we’re all living on the same planet.” Indeed, what happens to some of us could happen to any of us. And this project is only getting started. In the future, we hope to feature a wide range of collaborators and projects. Perhaps the idea of “T-shirt as media” has been overplayed. But we see it as a classic means of self-expression, open to all, a small but crucial part of bringing the world together.

One hundred million people. In May 2022, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced that the number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflicts and persecution exceeded one hundred million for the first time. That’s nearly 80% of Japan’s population of around 120 million. This alarming figure should serve as an important message, encouraging everyone to take greater action to promote peace.

One of UNIQLO’s goals is to change the world with clothes. Our world is struggling with escalating situations that demand immediate change. If we want world peace, we have to act today—that’s why this June, we launched a new long-term commitment called PEACE FOR ALL, in an effort to make a difference. For over ten years, UNIQLO has partnered with UNHCR to support forcibly displaced people. Through the UT collection we’ve been using T-shirts to spread positive messages throughout the world. This led us to the realisation that a collection of T-shirts focused on peace might be a fitting way to make a difference. By picking out your favourite, you can make a statement about peace through your outfit, spreading the word to those around you. When we began soliciting designs, the first fifteen collaborators graciously provided us with peaceful messages and designs.

The architect Tadao Ando, one of our collaborators, said it best: “In our increasingly fragmented world, we owe it to each other to acknowledge that we’re all living on the same planet.” Indeed, what happens to some of us could happen to any of us. And this project is only getting started. In the future, we hope to feature a wide range of collaborators and projects. Perhaps the idea of “T-shirt as media” has been overplayed. But we see it as a classic means of self-expression, open to all, a small but crucial part of bringing the world together.

What is PEACE FOR ALL?

A new charitable project from UNIQLO, in which artists and UT collaborate to create T-shirts. In celebration of our launch on June 17th 2022, we’re releasing the selection of shirts shown here. Profits will be donated to UNHCR, Save the Children, and Plan International.*

*UNIQLO’s parent company Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. will donate all profits (no less than 20% of the selling price) equally among the partner organisations via Japanese accounts, for use in international relief efforts. The partner organisations selected to receive proceeds from this campaign may vary from one country or region to the next.

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