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Uniqlo jumps into in-house production with new 'made in Tokyo' line

Factory near headquarters enables fast-fashion company to move even faster

These 3D knitting machines from Shima Seiki at Uniqlo's Innovation Factory turn out fabric around the clock. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Uniqlo is rolling out Friday its first made-in-Tokyo clothing, a limited release heralding a new design process and business model for operator Fast Retailing.

The three new items, which include a 2,990 yen ($27) 3D-knit cotton crewneck sweater, will be available at a Uniqlo flagship store in central Tokyo and online.

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