Fast Retailing Co., maker of the Uniqlo casual wear brand, plans to sell masks at Uniqlo outlets and other stores from this summer.
The masks will be made from the same material used for the Airism line of undergarments, breathable items that do not feel stuffy even if the wearer sweats. They will be available at brick-and-mortar outlets as well as Uniqlo’s online store.
One of Uniqlo’s staple product lines, Airism wicks away moisture. Its clothes are made in garment factories in China and Southeast Asia.
Fast Retailing was initially lukewarm about producing masks, but changed its mind after many customers asked for them.
Details of the launch and pricing of the face masks will be announced later, a spokeswoman for Uniqlo said on Monday.
There may be fewer cases of the coronavirus in Japan, but to help prevent its spread, masks will be needed for the foreseeable future. More and more companies in the nation are turning to mask production, including Sharp Corp. and Mizuno Corp.