David Blecken
Jan 6, 2016

Where fashion meets culture: Fast Retailing's John Jay

TOKYO - As creative leader of Fast Retailing, John Jay is involved in everything from advertising to product design. But his current focus is on building Uniqlo's international stature.

John Jay in front of joint portraits by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. ©2015 Johnny Le (Johnny-Le.com)

Just over a year has passed since John Jay joined Fast Retailing as president of global creative. The move was in one way a dramatic change for Jay, who had been at Wieden Kennedy since 1997. At the same time, it was a homecoming Jay started his career in the fashion business at the US retailer Bloomingdale's and Uniqlo was one of the first brands he worked on when, back in 1998, he established Wieden Kennedy’s presence in...

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