Uniqlo, the Japanese fast-fashion retailer that basically took over the tri-state area in the past year, has just announced a designer collaboration with French fashion designer Christophe Lemaire, who recently left his lofty position as creative director for Hermès.
This isn’t Uniqlo’s first foray into designer collabs. The company has partnered with Helmut Lang and Jil Sander, as well as celebs (Pharrell Williams) and fashion notables (Inès de la Fressange). Read more »
Shoppers clamor to get into Willow Grove Mall’s new UNIQLO store, left, and a look at the setup, right.
Just one week ago, UNIQLO opened its Rittenhouse doors with a flurry of activity that included runway shows, carnival games and a free Questlove performance. Today’s opening at the Willow Grove Park Mall (located on level three, near Nordstrom Rack) is decidedly less flashy—it is a mall, after all—but still worth checking out. Even sans Questlove.
Goodies continue all weekend.
Shoppist is always abuzz with news of store openings, so here’s a roundup of the latest in Philly.
We told you months ago that Uniqlo at 1608 Chestnut would be opening this fall, but Shoppist had the first peek inside before the store launched this past Friday. If you haven’t been there yet, expect to see three fully-stocked floors (basement too) and a mezzanine with the largest mismatched color floor in the country!
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To celebrate the grand opening of its flagship store in downtown Philadelphia, at 1608 Chestnut Street, UNIQLO hosted a community-themed event at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park.
A fusion of Tokyo and Philadelphia culture, the ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ was an afternoon of activities for guests—everything from Japanese lantern-making and face-painting in the traditional Japanese styles of anime, manga and kabuki in Philadelphia team colors to Philadelphia bucket drummers and a DJ set by The Roots drummer—and Philly native—Questlove, which was punctuated with a performance by local break dancers.
There were also lots of carnival games where guests played to win UNIQLO gift cards, food truck vouchers and other UNIQLO prizes. There were food trucks serving up delicacies influenced by both Tokyo and Philly, including SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks, & Pork and Street Food Philly.
See some of my photos from the afternoon below:
The Roots drummer Questlove is spinning a set in town this weekend at the free UNIQLO Philly Love Fest on Saturday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival, taking place at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Drive) is a welcoming celebration of sorts for the new UNIQLO store opening in Rittenhouse at 1608 Chestnut Street on October 3rd. The afternoon will feature all kinds of activities, like runway shows, carnival games, food trucks and a variety of kid-friendly shenanigans. But our eyes are on the closing affair:
Questlove will end the party with a free set from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
More information can be found here.
Okay, we admit it: our 2014 summer fashion photo shoot was a lot of fun, but when it came to the price tags of the clothes, the vast majority of our readers couldn’t even think about purchasing anything we featured. Now that things have taken a dramatic turn for the cool, I wanted to feature some fun seasonally-appropriate clothing that can be purchased locally and that won’t require that you break open your piggy bank.
This Fall transitional period is a great time to stock up on some basics, and my picks below can all be found either in Center City or a quick trip to either Cherry Hill Mall or King of Prussia. Check out what made the cut. And, ladies, don’t worry: I have a similar feature coming out for you on Monday!
Ultra Light Down Compact Jacket, Uniqlo
We're loving the fact that Uniqlo will be in our backyard in a few weeks on Chestnut Street, followed by locations at the Cherry Hill Mall and Willow Grow Park (and if you're in a hurry, it is already open at King of Prussia). This ultra light down jacket that comes in a plethora of colors is the perfect extra layer to throw on when you're in a hurry. And at $69.90, the price is beyond right. (Uniqlo, 1608 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia; 160 N. Gulf Road, King of Prussia)
Slim Sweatpant, J. Crew
Okay, I'll admit: I made a ton of fun of the revival of the sweatpant when I first saw it creep onto store mannequins. However, after trying on these awesome J. Crew slim sweatpants, I fell in love. These aren't your elementary school gym day pants; the slim cut is really flattering, and with a polo and a pair of Chucks, you can totally rock these outside of laundry day. They're $69.50, but if you are a student or a teacher, show your ID and you'll get 15% off. (J. Crew, 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)
Feathers Canvas Stentorian Oxford, Urban Outfitters
The canvas oxford is making a huge appearance this Fall, and I just love these from Urban Outfitters. They are exclusive to the store, and the price can't be beat: $48.00! With two Philly locations, it should be easy to pick up a pair of these modern classics. (Urban Outfitters, 1627 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 110 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia)
Straight-Fit Dark Wash Jeans, Banana Republic
A nice pair of straight-fit dark denim is a must in any guy's wardrobe this season, but finding a good jean is really hard. Banana Republic, a trusty staple for years, has a great dark wash version that fits like a charm. They wash super well (I own a pair) and can be dressed up with a sweater, shirt, and tie, or dressed down for the weekend. They barely make the cut at $70.00, but watch for weekly specials (right now as I'm typing this, they are running a one-day 40% off special on their website). (Banana Republic, 1401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Sunday Funday Graphic T-Shirt, Nordstrom
Who doesn't love a good graphic t-shirt? This year, the collection at Nordstrom is off-the-hook, and I just adore this Sunday Funday one. The manufacturer, Kid Dangerous, makes super high-quality shreds, and at $36.00, you'll have a few bucks left over to grab a few drinks on your own Sunday Funday. (Nordstrom, 2000 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill; 190 N. Gulf Road, King of Prussia)
Please, hie thee over to Shoppist for the entire list, from Uniqlo to Century 21, of stores that will open this fall — that we know of right now. Anyone know something we don’t? Well, hie thee to your email and let us know. Get me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The extremely trendy and fairly inexpensive clothing retailer UNIQLO is invading the region: first, a store opened in the King of Prussia Mall. Then stores were announced for Center City’s Chestnut Street and the Willow Grove Park Mall. Now, Shoppist reports that the Tokyo-based company is coming to South Jersey as well, to the Cherry Hill Mall:
A rep confirms that the store will open on September 26th, just a week before the October 3rd opening at 1608 Chestnut Street. It will be on the main level, sandwiched between a Bath & Body Works and an Abercrombie & Fitch. If you’re counting, this is four UNIQLO stores to open region in less than a year. World domination next? (Or maybe just Delaware.)
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Expect more of this coming to South Jersey.
First, there was King of Prussia. Then the announcement of a Chestnut Street location. After that, Willow Grove. And now, the Japanese retailer UNIQLO has confirmed it’s opening yet another location in the Cherry Hill Mall.
Click here for the opening date.
Four levels; 29,000 square feet; a whole lot of clothes. | Photo by Victoria Stern
I recently toured the building at 1608 Chestnut Street, former site of the Art Institute and future site of the a vast Uniqlo store, slated to open on October 3rd. The store is still in the throes of construction — the Uniqlo team is doing a massive gut-job — but even in its bare-bones state, it’s impressive.
First, there’s the size factor: At 29,000 square feet and four floors, the store dwarfs most others around it. When it’s finished, over 60 LED monitors and tickers will display merchandise and style visuals. (I imagine it will look like the shopping version of Times Square, but in a less grossly touristy way.)
All that space also means that the store has more real estate for the company’s awesome MoMA collaboration and SPRZ New York collection, a line of art-inspired items, most of them tees splashed with frame-worthy art prints. (The Rittenhouse store is the only store other than New York that will have a dedicated area for this.) What this means for shoppers: More art-centric buys alongside the colorful classics you’ve come to love.
Click here to see pics and get details about exactly what they’ll be carrying.