The Japanese retailer’s much-anticipated Fifth Avenue flagship — its largest store worldwide at 90,000 square feet — will bow Oct. 14, Uniqlo said. A week later, on Oct. 21, the company’s second-largest store, a 60,000-square-foot unit, will be unveiled on West 34th Street.
Walking through a three-story all-glass entrance, shoppers will be ushered into the latest Uniqlo prototype. The flagship was designed in partnership with architecture firm Wonderwall with an emphasis on sleek, modern design and technology. Over 300 LED screens are used to give the store a futuristic feel. The screens are used within the escalator banks, one of which is three stories high.
Ultramodern mannequins designed for Uniqlo — 500 of them — line the glass entrance and stand along the back wall near the store’s four high-speed elevators.
The 50,000 square feet of selling space will offer men’s and women’s basics, Heattech, Ultra Light Down, colorful cashmere, and Jil Sander’s collaboration, +J (which is coming to an end), will be showcased in a much larger shop-in-shop on the second floor, the company said. Uniqlo’s inaugural store opened on Broadway in SoHo in 2006.
Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., Uniqlo’s parent company, said it’s targeting 5 trillion yen, or about $59.5 billion at current exchange, in sales and 1 trillion yen, or about $11.9 billion, in profits by 2020.
“To meet these targets, Fast Retailing plans to continue to open Uniqlo stores in major U.S. cities, expanding its presence in the U.S market,” said Shin Odake, U.S. chief executive officer.
Uniqlo unleashed a marketing campaign in July that includes three pop-up shops in Manhattan and illuminated Uniqlo cubes selling products at the High Line and other areas of the city. “Made for All,” an ad campaign, features a mix of accomplished New Yorkers. The images will be featured in print and digital media as well as nontraditional media vehicles that will help create “a Uniqlo citywide takeover,” the company said.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion