From Tokyo to Manila: Uniqlo enters Philippine market this June

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UNIQLO, the Japanese homegrown apparel brand, will open its flagship store in the Philippines this June. 

Fast Retailing Inc., Uniqlo's umbrella company announced the brand's upcoming arrival last February at Hotel InterContinental in Makati. The casual wear company has partnered with SM Retail Inc. for this project and will open the clothing chain's first shop at SM Mall of Asia. It is said to cover 1,500 sq m, and will carry men's, women's and children's clothes.

To those who aren't very much familiar with the brand, it's best comparison and US counterpart is said to be Gap. Therefore, expect more classic and basic pieces that are less disposable than the fast fashion and trendy outlets here in Manila.

For further visual references, I went to Uniqlo's US website and grabbed lookbook photos of its products. Just by looking at the sets, another brand worth noting as a point of comparison is Giordano. With one glance, you'll know right away that Uniqlo's apparel lines are all about minimal details, clean cuts and simple silhouettes.

Fashion versus comfort is a forever debate. And with all these sets, clearly Uniqlo sides on the latter. Uniqlo's items seemed really easy and effortless to wear which is perfect for the humid Philippine weather and commuting public. Price range is around $7 - $40 which is around P300 - P1,700 here in the Philippines. 

If I were you, I'm not going to rely on the price estimate so much. I remember seeing Forever 21 accessories which cost $5 - $6 (P200 - P250) on the site, but here in the Philippines cost around $11 - $16 (P500 - P700). Based on this experience, I would assume that it'll cost a bit more when the items hit the store here in Manila. 

Part of this upcoming opening is a mini promo brought to you by Uniqlo. Get a chance to win UT clothing or even a trip to Japan just by liking the UNIQLO Philippines Facebook page and join the "UT Vote and Win" promo which will be launched at the end of April.

Credits: All photos grabbed from UNIQLO US website.


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