Winners Chosen in Pokemon-Themed UNIQLO UT Grand Prix 2019 Shirt Design from 18,000
June 26, 2019, Manila, Philippines – UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, launched UNIQLO T-shirts (UTs) featuring winning designs from its Pokémon-themed UT GRAND PRIX 2019 design contest. Items were made available starting Monday, June 24 at UNIQLO stores.
The contest attracted a record of more than 18,000 entries worldwide, reflecting the staggering popularity of Pokémon. The judging panel selected 22 winning designs.
Comment from UT GRAND PRIX Judge:
“Entries from more than 40 countries and regions demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm and wide-ranging interpretations of Pokémon. We were delighted with the prize-winning UT designs, and we are certain people everywhere will love wearing them.”
Overview of UT GRAND PRIX 2019 T-Shirts
|Launch date||Monday, June 24, 2019|
|Price||Men’s and Women’s UTs PHP 790.00; Kids UTs PHP390.00|
|Sizes||XS to 4XL for men, XS to 3XL for women, and 100cm to 160cm for kids
Available in all stores
UTGP Pokemon shirts designed by Filipino finalists:
Designed by Hannah Lee
Designed by Louis Nichole Santos
Designed by Dana Asahan
Pokémon, one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises, began with the launch of the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games in Japan in 1996. Pokémon gameplay, which features collecting, training, and trading unique creatures, rapidly gained tremendous popularity around the globe. The video games were soon followed by the introduction of the Pokémon Trading Card Came and beloved animated series. With total games sold in excess of 300 million and the Pokémon GO mobile game released in 2016 reaching over 1 billion downloads worldwide (as of 2018), Pokémon has been loved by people of all ages for over 20 years.
About the UT GRAND PRIX
UNIQLO has conducted its UT GRAND PRIX design competition since 2005 to foster creativity and talent around the world. The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contest themes have included Nintendo, Star Wars, and Marvel, and have attracted numerous entries, with winning designs being been sold around the globe.
About the Judges of the UT GRAND PRIX
The Judging Panel consisted of 3 specially selected members: Tsunekazu Ishihara, President and CEO of the Pokémon Company, Ken Sugimori, Character Design and Art Director of GAME FREAK Inc., and NIGO, Creative Director or UNIQLO, Merchandise Department of the Pokémon Company and UNIQLO UT Design Team.
About UNIQLO LifeWear
Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.
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 22 markets including Japan. In alphabetical order, the other markets are Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, 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.