With its origins tracing back to 1949 as a men’s-only clothing shop in Japan, UNIQLO has branched into a global phenomenon, its brand of stylish casual wear for men, women and children, taking the world by storm in over 14 countries. Major markets in Asia, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States among other countries have already been enjoying the retailer’s fashions for years now. Now Canadians will discover their amazing looks and value as the first-ever UNIQLO CANADA shop at CF Toronto Eaton Centre opens tomorrow, Friday, September 30, 2016, with Yorkdale unveiling the second store in October 2016.
Operating over two levels at the Eaton Centre space, positioning it eye-level with giants like H&M and Nordstrom, we had the great privilege of being among the media-types and influencers who got to shop first at the store, charmed with Sake-infused Cocktails, the tunes of Sony Music Canada artist Tyler Shaw, the beats of DJ Phil V and delicious East-meets-West nibbles. While feeling very familiar and GAP-like in layout, we were delighted at the practicality, comfort and sophistication of offerings.
While much of the store is geared right now towards Fall/Winter wear with their signature Ultra-Light Down vests, jackets and coats front and center, their products had a uniform look, each different enough from the other to target Canadian’s discerning taste for customizability.
We are banking also on their sturdily-crafted and thick 2-Way Stole, which also can be worn as a poncho, to take Torontonians by storm this Fall. Several of their blazers, which border on casual in terms of comfort, but certainly presentable enough for the office, will dictate the new definition of “business casual” in the workplace. Women’s fashions were flowy, yet at once form-flattering and we think Toronto ladies will love some of the pleated skirts which look elegant and substantial enough to endure our unforgivingly-indecisive weather.
Children’s and Babywear were too adorable to describe and we can only hope a few pet products are in development as we want our dogs and cats in on the Uniqlo–nomenon too!