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.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast