Fast Retailing Co has announced the introduction of novel jeans that stretch diagonally as well as the usual horizontal and vertical directions.

The company said the stretching properties make its Uniqlo skinny jeans easier to slip on.

The "super-stretch" fabric will be incorporated into its skinny jeans line up and cost no more than other Uniqlo stretch jeans - at JPY3,990 (US$42.63) a pair.

The company also announced it will be offering three times more slacks and skirts to appeal to female customers this autumn/winter.

By Michael Fitzpatrick.