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Cosmetics startup La Bouche Rouge makes Hong Kong its Asian launchpad

French cosmetics startup La Bouche Rouge has chosen Hong Kong as its first Asian market ahead of a regional rollout.

Croquant Chou Zakuzaku makes Singapore debut

Japanese bakery brand Croquant Chou Zakuzaku will open its first store in Singapore next month.

Uniqlo to launch clothes made from recycled plastic bottles

Japansese fashion retailer Uniqlo and Toray Industries are creating clothes made from recycled plastic bottles, which will go on sale next year in Singapore and other Asian markets.

Kakao Friends expands to Europe with IMG

Korean mobile lifestyle platform company Kakao has associated with IMG to exclusively license its iconic character brand Kakao Friends in Europe.

Apple Japan opens its largest store yet, in Marunouchi

Apple Japan has opened its largest flagship store this month in Marunouchi, Tokyo.

Three innovations Asian retailers are prioritising for next year

Tofugear has published its annual Asia Digital Transformation Report, in which 150 Asian retail leaders and executives spokes of their innovation plans.

Japanese outdoor apparel brand Goldwin opens first overseas store, in San Francisco

Japanese outdoor apparel brand Goldwin plans to launch its first international outlet in San Francisco, California this November.

Fumihiko Sano Studio creates cedar-lined Dandelion Chocolate cafe in Kyoto

A Dandelion Chocolate boutique has launched in a century-old house in Kyoto, Japan.

Lush opens the world’s first language-free concept store in Japan

Foreign Lush customers in Japan can now shop without language barriers as the brand launches the first language-free concept store in Shinjuku district.

Rakuten and Seiyu launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots

Rakuten has partnered with Seiyu to launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots service with JD in Umikaze Park.

Starbucks Japan lets customers pay with a pen

Starbucks Japan has launched a new pen-shaped digital wallet called “Starbucks Touch The Pen” allowing customers to buy their coffee without taking out their wallets.

Muji Thailand to open largest store yet, includes ‘coffee corner’

Muji Thailand is launching its largest outlet at Bangkok’s new 222,000sqm mixed-use lifestyle complex, Samyan Mitrtown.