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8900 Pencils to Be Part of “The Brands Masterpiece,” the Spring & Summer 2020 Collection from UNIQLO’s Graphic T-Shirt Brand UT

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Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. will participate in “The Brands Masterpiece,” the Spring and Summer 2020 collection for UT, UNIQLO CO., LTD.’s graphic t-shirt brand. The concept behind this collection is “UT makes daily life richer with a collection of fine products that will be loved throughout the ages. It is part of a brand collection plan using the motif of fine products and logos of major brands that are beloved by people all over the world.”(by UNIQLO) Tombow’s contribution is our 8900 brand of pencils.
Starting March 30, this collection will be rolled out sequentially at UNIQLO locations around the world and in the online store.
This marks the sixth time that Tombow Pencil has participated in the UT brand collaboration plan.

 

About the 8900

The 8900 first went on sale in the autumn of 1945. Distinctive for its lead, made using ultrafine particle clay processing, it was a high-grade pencil priced about three times higher than academic-use pencils of the time. It was sold for uses such as design drawing, blueprints, and photo retouching, thereby supporting Japan’s postwar recovery. In 1948, three years after its launch, the dozen boxes and axes were redesigned into the cohesive colors of yellow and olive green respectively. This design is still in use more than 70 years later. Not only does the 8900 have the longest-running design of any pencil brand in Japan, it also fits the concept of The Brands Masterpiece Collection for UNIQLO’s UT: “Making daily life richer with a collection of fine products that will be loved throughout the ages.” It also won the Good Design Long Life Design Award in 2011.

 

 

UNIQLO’s UT Spring and Summer 2020 Collection: “The Brands Masterpiece”
Tombow Pencil 8900

Colors: Grey (1 color)
Sizes: Men’s / Short-sleeved S, M, L, XL (Sizes XS, XXL, 3XL, and 4XL are available in the online store only.)
Material: 100% cotton
Price: ¥990 (+ tax)
Date of sale: Starting March 30, 2020
Participating locations: All UNIQLO stores in Japan, the UNIQLO online store, international UNIQLO stores
View “Tombow Pencil 8900” products in the UNIQLO online store:
https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ut/thebrands-master-piece/
Product inquiries UNIQLO: www.uniqlo.com

 

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