The company has exploded in the past decade, becoming Asia's biggest clothing retailer. And Uniqlo's leaders have ambitious goals to make the brand the leader in retail worldwide, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Uniqlo, which focuses on mass-producing affordable basics in dozens of colors, got its start in the Japanese suburbs. Less than 20 years later, it's laid its stake along swanky shopping streets in major global cities.
What's the story behind the company's success?
The first Uniqlo opened its doors in Hiroshima, Japan in 1984.
The company originally called itself "Unique Clothing Warehouse." By joining those words together, Uniqlo was born.
In the early 1990s, the Japanese economy hit a major slump. And Uniqlo's cheap clothes got popular fast.
By 1994, ten years after the first store opened, 100 Uniqlos were in operation.
The company saw a rise in popularity after the launch of a fleece apparel campaign in 1998, according to its website.
Uniqlo's faced some bumps along the way. When first expanding overseas, it opened too many stores too quickly — and had to close many of them.
Although Uniqlo started as a suburban chain, it now has more than 800 stores worldwide, many in urban centers around the globe.
Prime locations include major shopping streets in New York, London, and Paris.