Uniqlo has quickly become one of the most popular places for people to shop. The brand is known for its sturdy, long-lasting basics that don’t cost an arm and a leg. However, despite the fact that Uniqlo has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Uniqlo. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Uniqlo Made Olympic Uniforms
In 1998, 2002, and 2004, the company made uniforms for Japan’s Olympic teams. Impressive!
Number Fourteen: It Has Donated Over 11 Million Pieces of Clothing to Refugees
The company regularly recycles old clothes to give away to refugee camps all over the world. As of 2014, the company had donated over 11 million pieces to refugee camps, homeless shelters, and disaster victims.
Number Thirteen: Before it Was Uniqlo, it Was ‘Unique Clothing Warehouse’
Not as catchy, is it? The name “Uniqlo” is a portmanteau of “unique” and “clothing,” but the company’s full name used to be Unique Clothing Warehouse.
Number Twelve: Every Store Has the Same Poster
In the manager’s office of every single Uniqlo, there’s a special poster. The poster reads “Always follow company direction. Do not work your own way.” A little creepy, but it seems to be working.
Number Eleven: When You Pay With a Credit Card, It Should Be Given Back to You With Two Hands
All of the store’s employees are supposedly trained to hand back credit cards and receipts with both hands. They are trained this way because this is how it’s traditionally done in Japan.
Number Ten: Every Employee Must Memorize Six Phrases
These phrases range from “Did you find everything you are looking for?” to “Thank you for waiting.” They mostly involve greeting, helping, and saying goodbye to customers.
Number Nine: One Phrase Is on the List Twice for a Reason
The phrase “Did you find everything you are looking for?” is on the list of six phrases twice. This isn’t a mistake! It’s done because the employees are supposed to ask customers this not once, but twice. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Uniqlo, coming soon!