Wednesday, November 05, 2014
I remember the first time I saw a UNIQLO store. It was in San Francisco, about 4 years ago, and I couldn't understand why there was such a long line to get in. It's not Disneyland, people! I didn't join the line. A few months after that, I found myself back in the same place, and this time there was no line to enter the store, so I went in. And fell in love. NO WONDER there was a long line! What awesome clothes! Lots of basics, lots of classics, in a rainbow of colors! And oh, the prices! The lines at the checkout stand were crazy, but this time I didn't care.
At the time, UNIQLO San Francisco was the only store in the Bay Area, but I didn't care; it was worth the drive. I'm addicted to their jean-style leggings, which are so stretchy and comfy and easy to wear over a sweater or long tank top or tunic. When UNIQLO opened at the Valley Fair Mall, I rejoiced..... and rejoiced again when I heard that UNIQLO was opening at one of my favorite malls: the Great Mall of the Bay Area! I had the good fortune to be invited to the opening party, and I had a great time:
When I got to the Great Mall, partygoers were milling outside the new store entrance, sipping drinks and watching a taiko performance. The Mayor of Milpitas, the General Manager of UNIQLO, and the General Manager of the Great Mall (as well as some live mannequins, all dressed in the latest UNIQLO wear!) were all in attendance.
After the taiko performance......
.... the store was officially declared open!
The UNIQLO staff was lined up to greet everyone. I must have been the third or fourth person to step inside the store!
UNIQLO has been garnering rave review ever since it started in Tokyo, and now it's all over the world, including Milpitas!
To celebrate the store opening, select items were on sale at crazy discounts, like these jeans for $3.49. Yes, you read that right.
Everyone in attendance received a gift card to shop for their favorite UNIQLO fashions (they have mens', womens' and childrens'!) as well as a cute UNIQLO tote bag. The store opened to the general public the next day, and the first 150 in line to enter also received the tote bags.
UNIQLO is definitely worth checking out, whether you're in Milpitas, in San Francisco, at your local UNIQLO store, or online!
Disclosure: I was invited to the UNIQLO store opening and received a gift card to shop at the store. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.