Uniqlo’s New Collection With This Former Hermès Designer Is So, So Good


Items from the upcoming collaboration. | Images via Uniqlo.

Sure, we’re currently tunneling through miles-high snow piles, hopscotching over deceptively deep puddles, and doing our very best to avoid the muddy slush that’s taken over our city. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still obsess over lightweight, airy spring fashion. And while the frothiness of Erdem and the retro, motley maximalism of Gucci tickle our fancies, the collection we’re currently adoring is far more accessible: Uniqlo’s new spring line.

The Japanese retailer, which exploded onto the Philly shopping scene in 2014, is once again collaborating with former Hermès designer Christophe Lemaire. (Their fall collection, consisting of simple sweaters and classic, understated garments, was wildly successful.) Expect the same with the spring/summer line, set to launch in stores and online on March 4th. See the collection below.

Uniqlo Is Launching a Designer Collaboration With Former Hermès Creative Director



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 »

UNIQLO Opens In Willow Grove Mall Today


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.

Retail Roundup: The City’s Newest Stores


Shoppist is always abuzz with news of store openings, so here’s a roundup of the latest in Philly.

Center City
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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PHOTOS: Questlove at Uniqlo Philly Love Fest

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:

DO THIS: Questlove Playing This Weekend at UNIQLO Philly Love Fest

Questlove001The 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.

Five Fabulous Gay Fall Fashion Finds for $70 Or Less (Guy Edition)

From Uniqlo.

From Uniqlo.

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!


UNIQLO Now Planning Four Area Stores

UNIQLOThe 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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