04 February 2009
Sanki to Import Casely-Hayford
Expects ¥150 million in sales for first year read on >> Fashion importer Sanki has signed an import and sales contract with British men's brand Casely-Hayford, starting with the autumn 2009 collection.

Sanki will use select shops as the main distribution channel for the brand.

Sanki projects ¥150 million in sales for the first year and ¥300 million in sales by the third year. 
02 February 2009
Ermenegildo Zegna Opens Flagship in Shinjuku
Five-story, 700 square-meter shop opened doors on January 30 read on >> On January 30, Italian men's brand Ermenegildo Zegna opened its new five-story luxury tower in Shinjuku. The 700 square-meter shop is the first flagship for the brand in Asia and the largest retail space in Zegna's history.

The new tower is Ermenegildo Zegna's third major retail space in Shinjuku alone, with in-shop stores inside Isetan Shinjuku and Takashimaya Shinjuku.
02 February 2009
H&M Reports ¥2.1 Billion in Sales for First Two Tokyo Stores
For the period up to November 2008 read on >> In its full-year financial report announced on January 29, Swedish fast fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz — aka H&M — announced net sales of over ¥21 billion (198 million Swedish kronor) for its first two Tokyo stores in Ginza and Harajuku, for the period up until the end of November 2008. According to the offical press release, these results "surpassed the company’s high expectations and were H&M’s most successful store openings ever."

H&M will open two more Tokyo stores in 2009: Shibuya and Shinjuku.
30 January 2009
Uniqlo Looks to New York for Designers Invitation Project
Steven Alan, Shipley & Halmos, Opening Ceremony, and Gilded Age read on >> Japanese mass retailer Uniqlo has announced four new collaborators in its Designers Invitation Project: Steven Alan, Shipley & Halmos, Opening Ceremony, and Gilded Age. All four brands are based in New York.

Sales for the DIP collaboration goods will begin in March.

Preliminary photos of the project here: http://www.uniqlo.com/dip/jp