Uniqlo, Zara, H&M, ASOS, Target, Joe Fresh, Kohl’s, Topshop — these are just a few of our favorite fast fashion (and affordable!) stores. It’s not just the enticing merch that does it for us: each place offers irresistible perks, whether it be endless designer collaborations, free personal shopping experiences, or a constantly updated new arrivals page. So, we combed through all of our favorite retailer’s fall offerings and picked out the hottest stock for a one-stop shopping experience. The best part? Every piece ranges from $20-$200, from the finest classics (think structured blazers and boots), to leading on-trend pieces like leather pants (yes, under $200!), and the best seasonal accessories, including calf-hair clutches and to-the-elbow-gloves. With this as your guide, you’ll be in and out of the stores or checking out your virtual shopping cart in no time—giving fast-fashion a whole new meaning. Read on for shopping tips straight from our editors and insider secrets (like when the sales hit) on each of our favorites.
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic took a break from prepping for his upcoming US Open tournament (starting August 26th in New York) to stop by Uniqlo’s Fifth Avenue flagship for a fan meet and greet. It was then that we learned the most interesting tidbit about the athlete and Uniqlo ambassador—he is a huge fan of Ryan Gosling (who isn’t!). His favorite movie is The Notebook, and when asked which Hollywood actor he would pick to play himself in a film, he chose Ryan Gosling. His backups? Hugh Jackman and Robert DeNiro, though he admitted the latter “is a little too old to play me now.” The event also celebrated the launch of the US Open Performance Wear collection, which has been modeled after the tennis gear Djokovic will be sporting at the Queens courts. To shop the collection, visit uniqlo.com.
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British textile designer Celia Birtwell is bringing her signature hand-drawn prints to Uniqlo with a capsule collection that lands in stores and online today. ”I love the way my patterns for the home have transcended their origins,” says Birtwell. “By changing the scale, fabrics, and colors, my take on classical 17th-century designs has unfolded onto these garments beautifully.” The collection, which includes tees, leggings, tote bags, and scarves ranging from $10 to $40 and is now available at uniqlo.com.
Plus, if you’re looking for more fun florals, check out spring’s biggest fashion trends.
Uniqlo‘s stylish offerings have thus far only been available for purchase to Americans lucky enough to live in New York or San Francisco, but next week the Japanese mega-retailer—known for its basics like denim, tees, and cashmere—will finally launch online shopping in the U.S.! E-commerce already exists in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan as well as the U.K., and now those who reside stateside will get the chance to purchase items online from an expanded collection that includes more sizes and colors than what’s found in the brick-and-mortar stores, including (just in time for winter!) fleece jackets in 50 shades. Tell us: Do you plan to shop Uniqlo online?
Plus, see 10 things every woman should have in her wardrobe!
Visiting New York soon? Make sure you put the new Fifth Avenue Uniqlo flagship store on your Shops to See List, if merely to witness the spectacle of the massive 89,000 square-foot space for yourself. While the retailer is one of the biggest companies in Japan, the October opening of this spot marks its second store in the U.S. (both in NYC). If you’re not coming to New York, let Uniqlo come to you: Plans are in the works to bring the total number of locations across the country up to 200 by 2020. Click through the gallery to preview Uniqlo’s newest (and biggest) shopping destination.
Leading Japanese retailer Uniqlo collaborated with rising New York label Vena Cava for a six-piece collection that lands in stores today! “We chose to collaborate with Uniqlo because we really believe in good design offered at an affordable price point,” said Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock (inset). The price point for the lineup of dresses, tunics, and tops is certainly wallet-friendly, as each piece sells for $29.90. “The idea of creating signature prints for Uniqlo that have a Vena Cava feeling was a very inspiring design proposal,” the pair continued. The collection is available starting today in the New York’s Uniqlo store in Soho. Click “See the Photos” to browse the Vena Cava for Uniqlo collection!
It’s been four days since a devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami swept through northeastern Japan, and many of the country’s citizens have been left without basic necessities like clothing, food, and shelter. Enter Lady Gaga, Steven Alan and Uniqlo, who have all sprung into action by announcing special Japan fundraisers. Lady Gaga’s “We Pray for Japan” wristbands, which sell for $5 on her Web site, have already raised $250,000 to support relief efforts, while Steven Alan is donating 15% of all sales to International Medical Corps through March 17th. Uniqlo‘s parent company Fast Retailing has promised to give 1.4 billion yen ($17.3 million) to organizations like the Japanese Red Cross. Plus, if you want to donate clothing, all Fast-Retailing-owned stores worldwide, including Uniqlo, Theory, and Comptoir des Cotonniers will soon house donation boxes where customers can drop off used garments.
Update: Uniqlo has canceled their plans to accept clothing donations, due to shipping difficulties. However, the store is accepting monetary donations via an official Red Cross box. Similar boxes will be set up in Theory on March 18th, and in Comptoir des Cotonniers the following week.