UNIQLO is set to open its new global flagship store named UNIQLO TOKYO at MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 2 on June 19, 2020.
The new branch comes as the third to open this year, following UNIQLO PARK Yokohama Bayside in April and UNIQLO Harajuku last week on June 5.
© Herzog & de Meuron
UNIQLO TOKYO will be the embodiment of UNIQLO’s “LifeWear,” clothing that the company has created to “improve everyone’s life.” The company prides itself on weaving high-quality and high-function clothing for all people at an affordable price. Their products a multifarious, and the brand continues to evolve. To bring LifeWear to life at UNIQLO TOKYO, the brand has brought creative art director Kashiwa Sato on board, as well as award-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron.
The central part of the 1st floor is called LifeWear Square, an area that fully captures UNIQLO’s “LifeWear” concept for customers. The first floor will be a collection of everything from trending products to collaborative products and more. There will even be an area where you can buy flowers near the entrance which is located along MARRONNIER.
The 2nd floor is a full line-up of women’s clothes. From trending attire to basic UNIQLO threads, women will be able to pick from a diverse line-up of items, including clothes that will go on pre-sale at UNIQLO TOKYO, and even homewear and office wear.
Up on the 3rd floor is the men’s section which is stocked with everything from casual clothes to high quality outfits. They can even make made-to-order suits and jackets where you can choose the lengths of sleeves, the body, and so on.
The 4th floor is the children’s and baby section, and it even has a library for kids to play in, so kids can have fun while you shop. The 4th floor is also home to a UT archive space which showcases all the different t-shirts that have been released as part of the UT graphic T-shirt series.
The rooftop and outside of the building will don digital signs made by interactive designer and engineer Yugo Nakamura.
UNIQLO TOKYO is set to offer a completely new UNIQLO experience to people from both inside and outside Japan when it opens on June 19, 2020.
Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 2, 3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: June 19, 2020
UNIQLO TOKYO Begins Knitwear Focused Exhibition
21.September.2020 | FASHION
UNIQLO TOKYO, the global flagship store of UNIQLO, is now holding an exhibition themed on its knitwear at its first floor LifeWear Square area until October 11, 2020. It’s a consolidation of everything that goes into wearing the symbolic style of their LifeWear lineup, covering the art, science, and craftsmanship behind the items.
About UNIQLO TOKYO
UNIQLO TOKYO opened back in June this year in Ginza, Tokyo, as the country’s biggest store and global flagship store. UNIQLO TOKYO is the embodiment of UNIQLO’s “LifeWear,” clothing that the company has created to “improve everyone’s life.”
SCIENCE: 3D knit installations by Rhizomatiks Architecture
Rhizomatiks Architecture have created a range of installations including mannequins centred on knitwear. Customers will be able to see knitwear being made by the machines right before their eyes.
CRAFTSMANSHIP: Tools used in the manufacturing process
See the strict standards and measures taken to carefully craft each and every UNIQLO cashmere sweater, from the processes carried out to the materials and tools used in the manufacturing process, samples, and more.
See the headpieces created by Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada for displaying the knitwear. Each and every one was made with care and attention for the 20 mannequins.
Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 2, 3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
UNIQLO Collaborates With Ryan McGinley On UT Autumn & Winter 2020 Collection
14.September.2020 | FASHION
The Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection for UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand UT features a pop culture line-up of photos, art, movie stills, character pictures, and more. This year, the brand is collaborating with American photographer Ryan McGinley for the very first time. Designs will also include the superheroes drawn by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring’s iconic Mickey Mouse, and artistic renditions of Marvel characters.
Ryan McGinley, the American artist in the limelight
Men’s T-Shirts (6 Designs): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) | Release Date: August 31, 2020
New York-based photographer Ryan McGinley has been called “America’s most important photographer” in recent years. This collection of six T-shirts features prints of his photo work, including pieces showcasing young people on an ordinary day. The addition of overlayed text adds a street vibe to the designs.
An exciting collection of heroes and villains
Men’s T-Shirts (6 Designs): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) | Men’s Hoodies (5 Designs): ¥2,990 (Before Tax) | Release Date: September 7, 2020
This exciting collection from UT lines up the Instantly-recognisable heroes and villains of Marvel, like Venom—who is getting the sequel movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage next year—and Morbius, who is also getting a film adaptation in 2021.
Popular Warner and DC characters drawn in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s unique style
Men’s T-Shirts (6 Designs): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) | Men’s Hoodies (5 Designs): ¥2,990 (Before Tax) | Release Date: September 18, 2020
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist whose style, which was influenced by art history, music, and pop culture, was huge in the art scene back in the 80’s. Basquiat was influenced by DC Comics superheroes and Loony Tunes when he was a kid which can be seen in his early work, and that has been captured in this UT collection.
Mickey Mouse’s influence on Keith Haring
Men’s T-Shirts (6 Designs): ¥1,500 | Men’s Hoodies (5 Designs): ¥1,990 | Women’s T-Shirts (6 Designs): ¥1,500 | Kid’s T-Shirts (4 Designs): ¥990 (All Before Tax)
Keith Haring’s early influences included Walt Disney cartoons, and learned how to draw using a book his grandmother owned a Disney ‘how-to-draw’ book. Haring saw Mickey as a symbol of America, and this collection captures his dream of wanting to work at Disney.
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In line with the UT collection, UNIQLO will also sell a variety of eco bags including a “Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring” design and one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s wall art. The collection will include not just UT items, but a variety of merchandise capturing the latest in pop culture.
UT Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection
Product Page: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/spl/ut-graphic-tees
Tokyo’s Fruits Salon Serving Up a Full Gourmet Fruit Course
06.September.2020 | FOOD
Fruits Salon, a fruit shop located on the second floor of Beauty Connection Ginza in Tokyo, introduced a new lineup of menu items on September 4 which will be available until mid October, all using seasonal grapes grown in Japan.
Fruits Salon opened in November last year and garnered much attention for its full course fruit dishes. Last month, the cafe served up the “Peach Full Course” which proved super popular. Now, they are offering a menu centred on juicy and sweet grapes.
Grape Full Course | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st Plate: Apricot Tofu
2nd Plate: Dégustation
The grape course features three plates and a drink. It begins with a refreshing mix of Shine Muscat grapes, Delaware grapes, apricot tofu, and sake lees ice cream. The second plate is a tasting of four varieties of grape, while the third is a colourful and eye-catching parfait.
3rd Plate: Parfait
The parfait is served in a wine glass so you can see each layering of tasty ingredients.
The 90-minute course is reservation-only and invites you to both appreciate the appearance of as well as the taste of each dish.
Melon Parfait Alcohol Set | ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
The cafe is also serving its melon parfait alcohol set once more too for a limited time. It’s made to really elevate the flavour of the melon.
If you’re a fruit fanatic, then you won’t want to miss out on Fruits Salon’s new full course.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: GINZA gCUBE 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.beauty-connection.jp/fruits/
Autumn Grape Desserts Whipped Up at Shiseido Parlour Ginza in Tokyo This September
03.September.2020 | FOOD
Shiseido Parlour Salon de Cafe in Tokyo has revealed a lineup of seasonal centred on Japan’s famous ‘shine muscat’ grape which will be served this autumn from September 1 to 30.
Nagano Shine Muscat & Three Grape Parfait | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Made using specially selected shine muscat grapes farmed from Iizukakaju Orchards in Ueda, Nagano, together with three other varieties of grape for a super refreshing flavour.
Grape Fruit Sandwich | ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Toasted raisin bread stuffed with seven different fruits, including seasonal and specially selected varieties, and fresh cream. It’s served with bittersweet ‘Karasuzanjo’ honey from Chiba Prefecture and a compote of seasonal fruits.
Nagano Grape Mousse | ¥2,100 (Tax Included) *Comes with drink
This mousse is also made from grapes grown in Iizukakaju Orchards, and is drizzled with honey and cream. The grapes add a fresh kick to the dessert.
Shiseido Parlour Story | ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Comes with drink, served weekdays only
An assortment of desserts including a mini strawberry parfait, mini chocolate parfait, mini custard pudding, seasonal fruits, grape jelly, kaki persimmon mousse, and chestnut pie.
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFÉ
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5537-6231 (Reservations Not Required)
[Mon-Sat] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sun & Public Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: Mondays (Except Public Holidays) / New Year Holidays
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/
Snoopy in Ginza 2020 Heads to Mitsukoshi Ginza in Tokyo This Autumn
Snoopy in Ginza 2020 is set to take place at Mitsukoshi Ginza in Tokyo from October 14 to November 3.
This year marks the 22th run of Snoopy in Ginza, a popular annual event held at Mitsukoshi Ginza. It will incorporate a numbered ticket system to ensure the event is never overcrowded as a precaution against COVID-19. The event will also take all necessary social distancing and related measures. The full breakdown of measures will be available once tickets are available to buy in the coming weeks.
It’s a a double celebration this year as the Peanuts comics celebrate their 70th anniversary and Mitsukoshi Ginza commemorates its 90th. The theme of this year’s Snoopy in Ginza is “World Photo Journey” which will see Snoopy and the Peanuts gang travelling to iconic places around the world in 13 original pieces of art illustrated for the event.
Let’s take a look at some of the merchandise up for grabs this year.
Mitsukoshi Ginza exclusives
Pin Badges: A-Design ¥715, B-Design ¥1,100 (Only 700 available of each)
The B-Design will be released in-store on October 14 and subsequently online on October 17 from 10:00am (JST).
Pouches with cookies in them: ¥1,100 (Only 400 available)
Mascots: ¥1,518 (2 Designs)
KUTANI SEAL Plates: ¥3,300 (Only 150 available)
A4 Folders: ¥330 Each (7 Designs)
Tea Tins With Coasters: ¥1,320 Each (3 Designs) (Only 500 available of each)
As well as this exclusive merchandise, there will also be original items made in collaboration with Mitsukoshi Ginza’s many shops. Take a look at some of them below.
<ARTISAN&ARTIST> Pouch: ¥8,580
<Lights Style> Pin Badges: ¥500 Each
The pin badges are available in-store only. New designs will be sold from October 21.
<Ace> Suitcase: ¥39,600 (Available online only)
<OCEAN & TERRE> Mini Bottle & Honey & Belgium Chocolate Baumkuchen Set: ¥2,750
<Patisserie Etienne> Snoopy Cookie Tin: ¥2,506 (2 Designs)
<La Boutique de Joel Robuchon> Macaron Set: ¥3,240
Travel the world with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang at Mitsukoshi Ginza for Snoopy in Ginza 2020.
© 2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
It has been 11 years since Jil Sander’s first collaboration with UNIQLO, which ran from 2009 to 2011. The minimalist German fashion designer is now set to bring back her signature modern style to UNIQLO with the +J collection this autumn. The new line-up is fit for all occasions and is available in men’s and women’s sizes.
Jil Sander | Latest Interview
UNIQLO Japan interview Jil on the new collection which you can read here in Japanese.
+J in Autumn 2020 will bring a sense of sophistication, luxury, and comfort.
Release Date: Autumn 2020
UNIQLO Japan Official Website: http://www.uniqlo.com/jp/
JAPAN DENIM to Open Stylish Pop-Up Shop Inside GINZA SIX
24.August.2020 | FASHION
JAPAN DENIM, a Japanese denim company formed of both Japanese and non-Japanese designers, has announced that it will open a limited-time pop-up shop at GINZA SIX in Ginza, Tokyo from August 26 to September 22.
This is the second pop-up shop that JAPAN DENIM has opened at GINZA SIX. The brand was first launched in March 2019 by Acces. Co., Ltd. It is lauded for its focus on high level design, quality, concept, and affordable pricing by both the wealthy clients of the rich Ginza area as well as foreign visitors and tourists.
JAPAN DENIM is also collaborating with numerous other distinguished international brands this time around too, including DENHAM.
If you’re in Tokyo for summer, don’t miss out on their exclusive line-up.
Running: August 26, 2020 – September 22, 2020
Location: GINZA SIX 4F – POPUP SPACE
Address: 6-10-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30
Participating Brands: 16 (Women’s Items: 18 | Men’s Items: 10)
Official Website: https://www.japandenim.jp/collection/
Global clothing retailer UNIQLO has announced that its Uniqlo U 2020 Autumn/Winter Collection will launch on September 18. The line-up is a delicate fusion of sophistication and comfort, incorporating a balance of natural colours and deep vivid colours to create designs that are both simple yet high quality.
New for women: details and comfort
Inspired by minimalism, the line-up is a collection of clean and functional pieces to be worn throughout autumn and winter. The items are made with details and comfort, with beige and skin tones eliciting a sense of warmth and comfort. The greys and blues provide a beautiful contrast, while satins and viscose bring a refinement to the silhouettes.
A padded coat combines elegant volume with warmth. One piece dresses are inspired by vintage styling with sophisticated details, and knits hug comfortably around you in a perfect fit. The wool-blend jersey jacket has a touch of masculine to it while evoking delicate colours and form.
New for men: sophisticated warmth
The inspiration for the men’s collection comes from the sportswear seen in European street culture, bringing flashy colours and lots of volume weaved into classic designs. Neutral colours like beige and brown are balanced with black, white, and dark blue, while orange and Bordeaux red evoke a rich accent. Textures like corduroy and wool-blend fleece provide warmth and comfort.
The padded corduroy blouson with a round silhouette offers sophisticated warmth. The box silhouette half-coat features an oversized collar as well as a placket to fend off the wind. The fleece shirt jacket can be worn in autumn as an outer while in the cold winters it can be worn under a coat as an inner.
Uniqlo U 2020 Autumn/Winter Collection
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Available: 67 UNIQLO stores and UNIQLO Online
Line-Up: Women’s (38 Items) | Men’s (39 Items) | Merchandise (4 Items)
Official Website: https://www.uniqlo.com/UniqloU
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice & Seasonal Products at Ginza Sony Park This Summer
Ginza Sony Park has announced a range of seasonal items and food for Summer 2020.
Toraya Cafe・An Stand
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice with Matcha & Rice Flour Dumplings | Small ¥841, Regular ¥901 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until September 29, 2020
Loaded with red bean paste and in-house made honey, this limited edition shaved ice is served with matcha sweet bean jelly made with Uji matcha.
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice with Cointreau & Coffee | ¥540 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until September 17, 2020
This one’s for the grown-ups, served with Cointreau and Hawaiian coffee.
An (Red Bean) Paste – Raspberry | ¥864 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until Late August 2020
Enjoy a raspberry version of the bean paste for yourself which has been mixed with brown cane sugar.
CHECKER SHOPPER BAG | ¥7,700 (Tac Included) | Ginza Park Floor B1F
THE CONVENI is selling a checked shopper bag made from thin PVC so that it does not get dirty easily and also makes it waterproof. The bag, which bears the name of the store, also has pockets inside the bag.
Ginza Sony Park Art Walk
SHUN SUDO – “ART IN THE PARK”
Left: NAIJEL GRAPH | Right: SP. by yuko mohri (Available until August 26)
Ginza Sony Park will also display a range of large-scale art including SHUN SUDO’s wall art ART IN THE PARK, work from NAIJEL GRAPHIC, and more.
BOTTEGA VENETA ‘THE CHAIN’ Exhibition Image | August 16, 2020 – August 30, 2020
A huge installation art piece called THE CHAIN by BOTTEGA VENETA will be displayed on the rooftop for a limited time. This installation piece has been taken around the world, and serves as a message of strength and connection to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ginza Sony Park 2nd Anniversary
Free stickers will be handed out until August 16, 2020 to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Ginza Sony Park, which has delivered unique forms of entertainment to Tokyo’s district of Ginza.
Ginza Sony Park
Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
*Reduce hours. Usual hours are 10:00-20:00.
Official Website: https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/
Kenshi Yonezu x UNIQLO’s UT Collaboration to Hit UNIQLO Stores Worldwide
UNIQLO is collaborating with Kenshi Yonezu for the first time for their graphic T-shirt brand “UT.” The collection will first drop in Japan on August 14, 2020 before rolling out to UNIQLO stores in New York, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
This also marks Yonezu’s first foray into an apparel collaboration, who has brought his unmatched creativity born from his talent as one of the top Japanese singer-songwriters in the industry as well as being an illustrator. It’s a must-grab for fans of Yonezu and style.
Kenshi Yonezu’s Unique Illustrations & Fantastical Pictures
The clothing line-up sees a range of original character designs including Kenshi Yonezu’s trademark cat. Designs include the characters printed large on the T-shirts, designs featuring whimsical photos, and more, all of which were supervised by Yonezu himself. The collection is made up of a range of base colours including black, white, green, pink, and more.
Special Store Decorations
UNIQLO 5th Ave in New York has been decorated in an illustration created by Kenshi Yonezu. This design is set to roll out at 8 UNIQLO branches around the world, including UNIQLO PARK Yokohama. The artist also took to the stage in a video premiere concert for Fortnite on August 7, 2020.
New York 5th Ave | August 7, 2020 – August 18, 2020
Shanghai (Video Monitor), Guangzhou | August 11, 2020 – August 24, 2020
UNIQLO PARK Yokohama Bayside | August 10, 2020 – August 24, 2020
Canal City Hakata | August 12, 2020 – August 31, 2020
Sendai Izumi | August 13, 2020 – August 16, 2020
Harajuku | August 14, 2020 – August 28, 2020
Shinsaibashi | August 14, 2020 – August 27, 2020
Kenshi Yonezu | Comment
“UNIQLO is a store that has always been there since I was a kid […] and I want to give my respect to them for taking responsibility for always being there.”
UNIQLO UT x Kenshi Yonezu Collaboration
Initial Release Date: August 14, 2020 (In-Store/Online)
Price: ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax) *Japan
Sizes: XXS-4XL (XXL-4XL available online only) *Japan
Product Page: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/spl/ut-graphic-tees/kenshi-yonezu/men
*UNIQLO Harajuku and UNIQLO TOKYO are also selling Regular Edition copies of Kenshi Yonezu’s latest album STRAY SHEEP
SHISEIDO Opens First Global Flagship Store in Tokyo’s Ginza District
12.August.2020 | FASHION
SHISEIDO opened its first-ever global flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo on July 31, 2020.
Since its founding in Ginza, the SHISEIDO brand has been fusing art and science, representing Japanese Beauty. Today, it offers a wide range of products in 88 countries and regions around the globe. SHISEIDO skincare and makeup aims to reveal and express people’s beauty on the outside, empowering them with confidence and vitality. For SHISEIDO, it is that outer beauty that brings to light your inner beauty, a notion that’s centred around the brand’s concept of feeling “ALIVE with Beauty,” something they say is achieved when beauty blooms from both the outside and inside.
SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE follows this mantra of “ALIVE with Beauty” which it will promote to those visiting Ginza, be they Japanese or foreign. The store’s design concept is “Japanese Digital Garden” which encapsulates the image of a Japanese-style garden—something which symbolises the Japanese sense of beauty as well as nature. It will be inspired by Japanese paper, trees, and Nishijin silk fabrics, and will incorporate flowing music and lighting.
Digiskin Tester (Makeup)
SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE is a beauty experience that combines human touch with the latest technology. The shop caters to a multitude of beauty needs and lifestyles. Simply by taking a photo of yourself, the Digiskin Tester will find the perfect shade of SHISEIDO foundation for your skin from 30 colours. This instant tester can be combined with one-on-one counselling with the staff so you can find the right products for you.
SHISEIDO Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate N – Ginza Flagship Store Limited Edition (75ml) | ¥16,000 (Before Tax) *Available in-store only
The building consists of three floors serving all things SHISEIDO, from their full line-up of makeup and skincare products to items exclusive to the flagship store.
They are taking all the necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19 so that customers can continue to enjoy the beauty experience. This includes practicing social distancing, providing alcohol gel, disinfecting tester products, having staff and customers wear masks, and so on.
Ultimune Essence Auto-Tester
Customers can use special dispensers set up in-store which lets them try out products without having to come into physical contact with other people.
SHISEIDO has also launched a “virtual store” on its official website so that customers can still enjoy SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE from the comfort of their own home. Customers use VR to walk around the shop and watch help and advice videos on makeup.
Discover your inner and outer beauty at SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE in Ginza.
SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE
Address: Hankyu Hanshin Ginza Bldg., 3-3-13 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: July 31, 2020
Official Website: www.shiseido.co.jp/ginza
UNIQLO’s UT Demon Slayer T-Shirt Collection to Release in Collaboration With GU
UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand is partnering up with GU to drop a new T-shirt collection in collaboration with the hugely popular manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which has over 80 million copies in circulation. The first batch of the collection by UT will drop in Japan on August 7, followed by the second from both UT and GU at the end of the same month.
The collection features illustrations of the popular characters from the series whom are set to appear in the upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train set for release on October 16, 2020.
UT – 1st Collection
The first batch of the unisex collection is packed full of scenes specially selected from the Demon Slayer manga series.
This includes iconic scenes from popular characters, including the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado in battle. It’s a must have line-up for fans.
Each t-shirt captures essence of the characters from this sad series in which humans and demons fight each other.
Left: GU | Right: UT – 2nd Collection
The second collection also features kids T-shirts as well as merchandise. The full line-up is set to be revealed on August 17. GU’s line-up includes not only popular characters and scenes from the series, but words from it too, as well as colouring inspired by the clothing and hairstyles worn by the characters.
©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha
UNIQLO “UT” Collaboration
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Price: ¥990 (Before Tax)
Available: UNIQLO Japan stores and UNIQLO Japan online
Product Page: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/contents/feature/ut-kimetsu2020/index.html
Release Date: Late August 2020
Designs: Men’s: 6 | Women’s: 9 | Men’s Inner: 4 | Children’s: 7 | Pouches: 3 | Mobile Case: 1
Available: UNIQLO Japan stores and UNIQLO Japan online
Product Page: https://www.gu-global.com/jp/ja/feature/gu-kimetsu/