My Pick of the Week for a snowy March 25 is a modern retail line that is quickly developing a name for themselves in the U.S. – UNIQLO.
In 1984, Tadashi Yanai opened the first UNIQLO store in Hiroshima, Japan. Since then, the brand has evolved from a single store to one of the fastest-growing retail chains in the world.
The goal of UNIQLO is to make clothes for everyone, regardless of age, gender, occupation, ethnicity or other labels used to define people. Their clothes are simple, yet they have a certain international edge to their designs. Oh, and did I mention that their prices are unbelievable?!
The business model of UNIQLO reminds me very much of H&M, the department store chain from Europe that now has stores in most larger American cities. Although there are currently only a handful of UNIQLO stores in the U.S. (New York, New Jersey and San Francisco), I’ve already checked them out online here.
Here are a few items that I have my eye on.
Take a look at their website and let me know what you like. Just one warning — Step AWAY from the pleated pants and the overalls!!
And if anyone has any experience with this line, I’d love to know about the quality. Let us know.