UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces its Global Brand Ambassadors Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Shingo Kunieda, and Gordon Reid will play future tournaments in game wear made from DRY-EX material incorporating polyester fibers recycled from PET bottles. The change begins immediately for Ambassadors competing in the 2020 Australian Open tennis tournament, starting on January 20.
One of UNIQLO’s initiatives for sustainability is the development of DRY-EX material using polyester fibers recycled from PET bottles, in partnership with Toray Industries, one of the world’s top fiber and materials innovation companies. This has been difficult up to now because of contaminants in PET bottles, but improvements in filtering technology have allowed for the production of high quality specialty fibers. The new material retains the moisture-wicking functionality of DRY-EX, providing the same comfort to allow players to perform at their best. UNIQLO will continue to support the world’s top athletes with LifeWear and pursue the development of environmentally friendly products.
Comment from Roger Federer: “I was surprised to hear that polyester could be recycled from PET bottles and turned into clothing, and I’m impressed with its functionality and comfort, which is indistinguishable from the DRY-EX fabric I have worn previously. As a Global Brand Ambassador, I am happy to help support UNIQLO’s sustainability initiatives.
Comment from Shingo Kunieda: “I think it’s wonderful that UNIQLO is actively pursuing environmental measures, developing this DRY-EX fabric from recycled polyester. I’m very happy that everyday PET bottles have been reborn as DRY-EX, and that I will be able to play using that material.”
■ Roger Federer wear models to be launched on Friday, January 17
UNIQLO will offer replica game wear and other items that Global Brand Ambassador Roger Federer will wear at the 2020 Australian Opens. Items will be available from January 17, 2020 (Friday) at select UNIQLO stores around Malaysia and through UNIQLO.com/my. The new game wear was designed by a team of international designers at the UNIQLO Paris R&D Center, led by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire.
Roger Federer model: The Roger Federer model features a bold use of color combining bright purple shorts with a navy or white top. In terms of functionality, the wear focuses on breathability and ease of movement, incorporating three different mesh types with specific characteristics– absorbency, elasticity, and smoothness–in response to the demands of dynamic play.
Roger Federer Model Game Wear
|Product||Colors||Sizes||Pricing in Malaysia|
|RF DRY-EX Polo Shirt||2||S-XXXL||RM129.90|
|RF DRY Short Pants||2||S-XXXL||RM129.90|
|RF Tennis Wristband||2||ONE SIZE||RM29.90|
|RF Tennis Socks||1||ONE SIZE||RM29.90|
Christophe Lemaire and the UNIQLO Paris R&D Center
The UNIQLO Paris R&D Center is one of five research and development centers, along with Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, and Los Angeles. UNIQLO R&D Centers are regional hubs that pursue product development and design, study local fashion trends and lifestyles, and examine data on new