UNIQLO Announces Ayumu Hirano, Champion Snowboarder, as Newest Global Brand Ambassador

Nov. 7, 2018, Tokyo, Japan – UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces a new partnership with professional snowboarder, Ayumu Hirano, as its newest Global Brand Ambassador. Mr. Hirano is a two-time gold medalist in the men’s superpipe competition at the Winter X Games and winner of consecutive silver medals in the half pipe competition at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. As with other UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors, the partnership breaks the conventions of traditional sponsorships; UNIQLO supports not only their top performance needs, but also their fashion and everyday lifestyle needs.

Ayumu Hirano portrait

Commenting on the news, Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing, said, "I am delighted to welcome Mr. Hirano as our newest UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador. We are greatly inspired by his achievements, his creativity and his style - not just on a snowboard, but also in his sense of fashion. His flair and imagination when competing go well beyond expectations, so we will look past conventional wisdom together to achieve something truly unique through this partnership. We look forward to supporting him with special LifeWear items featuring advanced technologies, helping him to reach even greater heights in future.”

Mr. Hirano said, “To join UNIQLO as a Global Brand Ambassador is a great honor. Snowboarding style is closely related to casual and street style, so UNIQLO is fundamentally a great fit for me. Actually, I have had an interest in UNIQLO products for some time, and I believe that together we are doing something really fresh that has never been done before - bringing the world of snowboarding style together with the many levels in people’s lives supported by LifeWear. I am very excited to represent UNIQLO around the world.”

Mr. Hirano’s primary role as Global Brand Ambassador is to promote UNIQLO and LifeWear: clothing that enriches people's lives through better design and greater comfort. UNIQLO will provide support for Mr. Hirano during competition and in his daily life. He will wear custom-made UNIQLO snowboarding outerwear in competitions, as well as commercially-available LifeWear items underneath.

Outside of competition, Mr. Hirano will wear LifeWear items available in stores. The partnership will provide unique opportunities for Mr. Hirano to engage in the development of custom products and materials for his performance wear, while also assisting in the design process for LifeWear.

In his debut as Global Brand Ambassador, Mr. Hirano will compete at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, in December. In designing his custom-made competition wear, Mr. Hirano worked with the UNIQLO R&D team in Tokyo, combining various LifeWear elements and technologies into high-functioning lightweight gear, to match his requirements and enhance his performance.

About the UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador Program

UNIQLO partners with world-leading people to promote its brand and LifeWear globally. Reflecting core UNIQLO values, Global Brand Ambassadors embrace challenge in pursuit of the highest possible achievement. They are universally admired for their integrity and character, and for the optimism, respect and humility they demonstrate to all.

UNIQLO combines the expert professional insight of its Global Brand Ambassadors with its most advanced proprietary technologies, creating apparel that supports human performance at the highest level, while also bringing greater comfort and functionality to the everyday lives of its customers. In addition, UNIQLO works with its brand ambassadors to promote community engagement and development initiatives around the world.

In addition to Ayumu Hirano, the UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors today are Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori (Tennis), Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid MBE (Wheelchair Tennis) and Adam Scott (Golf).

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of six main brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, J Brand, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and Princesse tam.tam. With global sales of approximately 2.13 trillion yen for the 2018 fiscal year ending August 31, 2018 (US $19.17 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2018 rate of $1 = 111.1 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 global brand. Today the company has more than 2,000 stores in 21 markets including Japan. In alphabetical order, the other markets are Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. In addition, UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank in 2010, and today there are several Grameen-UNIQLO stores in Dhaka.

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.