Uniqlo Models

The Uniqlo March

uniqlo-logo-1Uniqlo is a popular clothes store in Japan which many have compared to the Gap in the US. The range of products, pricing and service are all good, but what really makes Uniqlo stand out for me are the unique marketing strategies they use to build their brand.

When dealing with a one-fashion fits all supermarket style product it can be difficult to achieve a unique brand that carries the image of cool. Through the use of some clever marketing Uniqlo is doing just that.

Model Photo shoots
Uniqlo have made accessible to internet users live camera footage of their model shoots. It is interesting to see how quick each individual session is, with the models walking from the waiting area to the main studio, photographing a quick 3-5 minute shoot and then going back out.

Uniqlo Fashion Models from their Oshikiri Moe project
Uniqlo Fashion Models from their Oshikiri Moe project
modellling at the Uniqlo studios
modeling live at the Uniqlo studios

The project is based around the popular model Moe Oshikiri, hence the name oshikiri in the url. Moe Oshikiri has been modelling for Anecan, cancam and other magazines as well as TV commercials. She is also a designer, starting her own Kimono line.

Chu Chu ChuPhoto of Moe Oshikiri from flickr by yangkuo

Uniqlo calendar
Tilt shift photography, where the items are made to look miniature, is quite popular at the moment. Uniqlo have made an online calendar using this technology. It is a great example of promoting the brand message without just showing people the product.

Here is an example of the calendar. When you see it full size it looks much more impressive.

Uniqlo Fashion Map
Another great idea to show off the clothing while people can focus on the city at the same time. The Uniqlo fashion map highlights places in Tokyo.

The Uniqlo Tokyo Fashion Map
The Uniqlo Tokyo Fashion Map

How many of the places do you recognize from the Fashion Map? I am sure you can pick the following 2 locations easily.

Akihabara and Shibuya Center-gai on the Uniqlo Tokyo Fashion Map
Akihabara and Shibuya Center-gai on the Uniqlo Tokyo Fashion Map

Uniqlo March
The March project was designed to allow the user to participate online, or actually apply as a model to be a part in the march. It shows people marching through the country and city in different situations.

The Uniqlo March
The Uniqlo March

The website is linked directly to the online shopping site, allowing the user to purchase products they have seen in the march scene.

There is also a dedicated Tokyo March version of this site: http://www.uniqlo.com/march/#TokyoMarch

This website gives the full background to this project.

Uniqlo Try
This was billed as research entertainment. It is an interesting way to show a lot of feedback data Uniqlo have collected from customers.

The Uniqlo Research Entertainment model
The Uniqlo Research Entertainment model

Uniqlo Show
This is the downloadable desktop version of a number of Uniqlo’s media products. It is a good way for them to connect with customers directly on to the desktop. The download is about 50MB and includes a number of Uniqlo commercials as well as the featured calendar.

You can access this download from here.

Uniqlock auditions
Another great example of letting the consumer see what is going on behind the brand, here are some auditions for a Uniqlo project called uniqlock.

uniqlock. What time is it for you?
uniqlock. What time is it for you?

You can view the Uniqlock site and some of the scenes from Season 1.

Users get to participate in a global Uniclock
Users get to participate in a global Uniclock

Uniqlo Grid
The uniqlo grid is an online interactive game where you can generate, rotate, combine, divide, and remove UNIQLO squares from a grid. You can play with people from all over the world, up to 50 at one time.

The Uniqlo grid game
The Uniqlo grid game

Interestingly, most of the Uniqlo marketing does not contain a lot of hard to translate words. Most of the story is told in pictures that anyone from any language and culture can understand. This is a clever way to build a global brand.

As the Uniqlo website says:

Uniqlo from Tokyo to the World

What is your favorite Uniqlo marketing project?

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  • And here I thought I was going to go to bed;) lol Then I get a tweet from TweetDeck and here's this. This is a great way to promote your products The music is very addictive and i did reconize shibuya and Akiahabara in those photos. Will download the clock tomorrow when I'm more awake
    Now i'm going to bed.
    Good Night:S