Retail Refugees

Digital Retail Roundup
September 29, 2010, 12:48 pm
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Donna Karan has just launched e-commerce on and relaunches after a total overhaul. “”Donna Karan New York and DKNY have always embraced the two sides of New York City—a limousine and a taxi, caviar and pizza,” Karan said in a statement. “This e-commerce site brings you both in one place. More than a place to shop, it’s a
complete brand experience, where commerce meets content with the style and
energy of New York City.” (Racked)


Gucci Goes Virtual: Suzy Menkes discusses the ways Gucci is using technology with Frida Giannini, the label’s creative director. (NYTimes)

Uniqlo releases video teasers on YouTube for their new collections featuring Charlize Theron and Orlando Bloom.

Uniqlo rents highest NYC price ever!
April 20, 2010, 11:52 am
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In their bid to take over the world, Uniqlo has signed a lease for the highest rent ever in the history of NYC retail- USD300,000,000 over 15 years!
Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co., Japan’s biggest apparel seller, announced the deal today, with broker Cushman & Wakefield Inc. and landlord Crown Acquisitions disclosing the price. The space lies at 666 Fifth Ave. near 53rd Street.

“Uniqlo identified this location as being the one that they were willing to make the biggest bet on,” said C. Bradley Mendelson, the Cushman & Wakefield broker who represented landlords Carlyle Group, Crown Acquisitions and Kushner Cos. “They’re one of the biggest retailers in the world; they’re just small in the U.S.”

The contract shows Fifth Avenue’s appeal even after U.S. consumer purchases fell for two straight years, the first such decline since the 1930s. Fast Retailing entered the Russian market earlier in 2010 and plans to open its largest store in Shanghai next month.

(via Bloomberg)

Uniqlo goes Russian
March 19, 2010, 11:28 am
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Superstar retailer, Uniqlo, will make its forray into the Russian market with its first shop in Moscow.  With 918 stores already open worldwise, the Atrium shopping center will boast 1,200 sq. meters of space when it opens April 2.

Interestingly, Uniqlo has just introduced its new recycling program in Japan, “which allows Japanese consumers to recycle their unwanted Uniqlo threads at stores from biannually, in March and September, to all year round. The clothes were sent to refugee and IDP camps in Asia and Africa, and disaster victims worldwide. Let’s hope this initiative spreads to the 125 stores dotted around the rest of the world.” (Fast Company)

Other Uniqlo News
September 1, 2009, 11:42 am
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While Colette has the temporary Uniqlo in Paris, SlamXHype has some images of the real Uniqlo flagship opening soon.

“As the final preparations go underway for the new store for Japanese brand Uniqlo in Paris we get to see an inside look at it’s new home venue. Set to be named Paris Opera Store, a reference to the historical Palais Garnier (or commonly known as Paris Opera House) across the street, architect Masamichi Katayama and his firm Wonderwall will completely revamp the interior into a multi-level store, complete with a grand staircase and skylight.  Measured at 23,000 square-feet, the store will be one of the largest existing Uniqlo stores.  Plans for opening are to coincide with the global launch of new Jil Sander for Uniqlo on the 1st of October 2009.

15 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France.”



Uniqlo at Colette, Welcome to Paris
September 1, 2009, 11:39 am
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Uniqlo´s temporary installation in Paris´s Colette is now open through the 26th of September.  Come in and get the limited edition products while they last!

UNIQLO x colette Shop-In-Shop
213 Rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris, France

uniqlo colette shop in shop opening UNIQLO x colette Shop In Shop Opening

(image via Hypebeast)

Jil Sander´s First Collection for Uniqlo
August 11, 2009, 12:08 pm
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+J, Jil Sander´s new line for Uniqlo has been formally introduced in images and includes a 40 piece collection that would not look out of place at either Uniqlo or Sanders´ eponymous boutiques.  Another great product from Uniqlo.

jil sander uniqlo j collection preview 1 Jil Sander for Uniqlo +J Collection Preview

jil sander uniqlo j collection preview 2 Jil Sander for Uniqlo +J Collection Preview

Uniqlo & Colette… Together at last
August 6, 2009, 11:41 am
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Two of the world´s most innovative retailers and brands, Uniqlo and Colette, have announced that they will be joining forces for a temporary exhibit.  In honor of Uniqlo´s first French outpost which will open this fall, their upcoming collection will be exclusively previewed in the Parisian boutique.

We expect great things from this and will keep you posted…

uniqlo colette shop in shop UNIQLO x colette Shop In Shop