Frenzied Chinese shoppers snap up Uniqlo T-shirts, some trade blows

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 06 2019 10:39 PM

Out-of-control Chinese customers have snapped up T-shirts produced in collaboration between Japanese casual fashion chain Uniqlo and US artist Kaws, with some even exchanging blows amid the shopping mayhem, videos on internet showed Thursday.

The T-shirts, designed by Brooklyn-based Kaws who is popular in China for his signature XX marks for eyes, have already been resold online for more than double their original price of around $15. They have been sold out almost across China after going on sale Monday.

A video clip uploaded to the internet shows many people, who lined up around the block, making a mad dash for the selling space and scrambling for the T-shirts as soon as the doors opened. Some even removed them from mannequins and traded punches outside the store.

Collaborative products of Kaws with other countries were also resold online at high prices in the past.

On consecutive days, dozens of people have joined a queue in front of a Uniqlo store in Beijing's trendy shopping district of Sanlitun, with some buying a large volume of the T-shirts, which are scheduled to be on sale in Japan on Friday.

Uniqlo is operated globally by Japan's retailer Fast Retailing Co., headed by Tadashi Yanai.