While their first West Coast store on Powell St. is not scheduled to open until the Fall season, Uniqlo has set up a pop-up store on Post St.
I went and took a peek one Saturday after I heard the good news from my friends Edward and Jojo. Is there such a thing called Uniqlo-phile? Maybe I am.
This Uniqlo pop-up store is on Post St. between Kearny and Grant Sts. I was told it will stay open until their West Coast flagship store on Powell St. starts operations in the Fall. From afar, I could see people going in and out of the store.
I first learned about Uniqlo when Mijo and I were walking around the Ginza district of Tokyo in December of 2006 and seeing all these people walking around carrying a white paper bag with the Uniqlo logo. I remember asking Mijo that we should findout where these shoppers are coming from. This is laughable or maybe bordering desperate, right? When we finally got to the store, it was occupying several floors of this building and I was totally digging their style, color and cut. It was an instant hit to me. I have been to Uniqlos in NYC, Taipei, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur since then.
The pop-up store is a visual feast. From the street outside, colorful bomber jackets are on display in their windows. Two Uniqlo staff are waiting by the entrance in their matching kimonos and greeting shoppers as they come in. Inside are chandeliers made of tshirts and tv screens and colorful items against shiny white walls.
They also have this photobooth that lets you take a picture of yourself and get a postcard copy of the picture. The pop-up store is small as expected but this is considered big for a pop-up store. This gave me a glimpse of the great things to come when the flagship store opens sometime soon.
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Are you also a Uniqlophile? Is there a Uniqlo store where you live? I'd love to hear more about your Uniqlo experience. Here is another blogger who blogs about Uniqlo and she happens to be my sister-in-law. Enjoy!