Uniqlo's fall/winter 2017 LifeWear collection was previewed in New York.

Uniqlo in the spring will open an 8,000-square-foot unit at the Mall at Bay Plaza, its first store in the Bronx. Since opening its inaugural U.S. store in 2006 in SoHo, the Japanese retailer has unveiled locations on Fifth Avenue and Broadway, and has been operating a pop-up shop in Times Square. There are also stores in Brooklyn and Queens. A unit at the Staten Island Mall was shuttered in 2016.

The retailer’s Bronx store will feature Life Wear for men, women and kids, and the brand’s products made with innovative fabric technologies such as Ultra Light Down and Airism, which has quick-drying and anti-odor properties. The store will also sell jeans made from authentic Japanese Kaihara denim, premium French linen shirts, and other essentials.

The retailer has been upping its fashion game with collections by J.W. Anderson and Christophe Lemaire. The latter’s elevated basics line, Uniqlo U, will bow on Jan. 26 in stores and online featuring looks such as ribbed knit dresses, balloon-sleeve sweaters, drawstring jackets and belted skirts in bold nature-inspired colors.

Hiroshi Taki, chief executive officer of Uniqlo USA, said: “The Mall at Bay Plaza brings an unparalleled shopping experience to the Bronx, where more and more families are choosing to live and work. We look forward to joining the community and offering our high quality, thoughtfully designed, functional apparel that is made for all.”

The Bronx store will extend Uniqlo’s commitment to giving back to the New York community, where the brand has worked with the Department of Homeless Services for the past four years to donate clothing and children’s toys to people in need. In 2017, Uniqlo donated more than 22,000 items to the PATH shelter in the Bronx.

Uniqlo’s partnership with NYC Parks, Art in the Parks, has provided $200,000 of funding to bring local artists’ work to 10 New York parks, including Joyce Kilmer Park and Virginia Park in the Bronx.

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