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The Chairman of Ryohin Keikaku on Charting Muji’s Global Expansion hbr.org

posted by  banzaitokyo | 8 months, 2 weeks ago

In the late 1980s we tested the waters: Muji participated in an exhibition of Japanese products in London and sparked a great deal of interest from British retailers. Although Harrods was the first to ask about carrying the line, my predecessors declined, believing that its business culture wasn’t a good match. Instead we launched a joint venture with Liberty, a more design-focused UK department store. And that partnership emboldened us. We discovered a new goal: spreading our ethos of good, affordable, sustainable design throughout the world.