|Guests included quarterback Joe Montana, artist Goapele, blogger Leandra Medina, and chef Danny Bowen|
Free drinks. Delicious food. Giveaways. A performance by Goapele. UNIQLO knows how to throw a party. Last month, on October 4th to be exact, I attended UNIQLO's private party for its West Coast flagship store and Grand Opening in San Francisco. UNIQLO (株式会社ユニクロ) is a Japanese-based clothing brand, specializing in women and men’s wear, taking simple and comfortable staple pieces and mixing them with a functional purpose. Unlike many similar “fast fashion” clothing manufacturers who base their designs on current mainstream fashion trends, UNIQLO strives to create classy yet practical pieces that can fit into every individual’s lifestyle. For me, UNIQLO puts a twist to the necessary basics and fundamentals for every person’s wardrobe, leaving it up to the shoppers to put together pieces in a way that best fits his or her personal style.
|Goapele singing on stage|
|The crowd celebrating UNIQLO's opening|
|Bare blogger Jamie Santiago at the event|
Even though I’ve heard a lot about UNIQLO before the grand opening, I (as ashamed as I am to say) had never stepped into a store or even seen the clothing. The enormity of the store, the presence of San Francisco socialites and fashionistas, and the caterers serving classy champagne drinks and Sake were a bit overwhelming at first, but the extravagance of the event definitely matched the greatness of the brand and its store. The classy, sleek, and intelligible clothing designs of UNIQLO had me wide-eyed and eager for my next shopping trip.
Going to UNIQLO's grand opening party earlier this month didn't really allow me to fully appreciate the clothing and shop, but I recently had my first shopping experience after all of the chaos has subsided. I have to say--UNIQLO's timeless basics, quality clothing, and reasonable price ranges are all incentives to make UNIQLO a weekly stop for me. While there are many popular retail stores in the San Francisco such as Forever 21, H and M, Mango, and Zara that provide reasonably priced fashionable clothing, I think adding UNIQLO to the mix creates more variety.
FYI- BARE Readers! You can now shop UNIQLO online!!