UNIQLO Reveals SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”) Project
March 3, 2014, New York, U.S.A. – UNIQLO today announced the launch of SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”), a new global project where art and fashion meet, creating something magical. Inspired by famed and influential artists of our time, SPRZ NY will feature a number of specially designed items such as T-shirts, outerwear, innerwear and more, as well as a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
UNIQLO became a multi-year, corporate sponsor of MoMA, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary art, in May 2013. At that time, UNIQLO became sponsor of the Museum’s Friday night free admission program, now called “UNIQLO Free Friday Nights,” which provides increased accessibility to the Museum’s exhibitions, collection and film programs. To further its continued support of MoMA, UNIQLO is presenting the MoMA Special Edition items, inspired by artwork from the Museum’s collection and new designs specially made for SPRZ NY in collaboration with living artists. The MoMA Special Edition designs are based on the works of the world-renowned Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jack Pierson, Jackson Pollock, Lawrence Weiner, Ryan McGinness, and Sarah Morris.
Products will be available at UNIQLO stores worldwide from March 28. MoMA Special Edition products will also be available at the MoMA Design Store and online at MoMAStore.org, where each purchase supports the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.
The second floor of UNIQLO’s Fifth Avenue Global Flagship Store is being remodeled for this project and will reopen on March 28 as the SPRZ NY Store. As part of this renovation, it will include the introduction of the unique Starbucks Experience with a full service coffeehouse, creating a place for family and friends to connect on Fifth Avenue.
Commenting on today’s announcement Fast Retailing Chairman, President and CEO Tadashi Yanai said, “We are extremely pleased to have such wonderful partners as MoMA and Starbucks. Through SPRZ NY, we will give customers around the world a taste of enjoying exceptional art by wearing our specially designed clothes and items, reinforcing our LifeWear mission.”
Lucky UNIQLO Line launches in the U.S. for SPRZ NY
The Lucky UNIQLO Line is an online application where users stand in a virtual line. Launched in May 2010 and already part of promotional campaigns in Japan, Taiwan, China, and South Korea, it will launch to the U.S. for the first time for SPRZ NY. Customers can use their Twitter or Facebook ID to join and have a chance to win fabulous prizes in partnership with MoMA and Starbucks. Up to 5,000 customers will receive rewards, including an after-hours guided tour of MoMA and shopping vouchers for the Starbucks® Versimo™ System.
See the video on the launch of SPRZ NY at: http://www.uniqlo.com/us/sprzny-2014/
About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.14 trillion yen for the 2013 fiscal year ending August 31, 2013 (US $11.62 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2013 rate of $1 = 98.36 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.
UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,300 stores in 16 markets worldwide: Japan, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and the U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, currently operates seven Grameen UNIQLO stores in Dhaka, as of April 2014. UNIQLO manages an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.
With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.
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Eileen McMaster | Eileen.McMaster@uniqlo-usa.com | UNIQLO