Wednesday, November 1, 2017

UNIQLO Opens First Store in Western Canada at Metropolis at Metrotown

It's not every day that a store opening gets me as excited as this. The last one before this was probably Simons. Japan-based UNIQLO is a store I've admired from afar online for years now, and I was absolutely gleeful that they were finally setting up shop right here in Vancouver - at Metropolis at Metrotown. The massive 2-storey shop has now officially opened its doors, and was met with massive lines of eager customers ready to get their first look at the Japanese retailer's affordable coats, sweaters, pants, shirts and more. Their Heattech and Blocktech technology are well-known amongst UNIQLO fans. Being in Raincouver, I feel the Blocktech outerwear will be of particular interest: waterproof, windproof and breathable. The brand is also well known for its minimalist aesthetic, so don't go here thinking you're going to find lots of statement pieces. But they have a fantastic selection of sleek basics that even a non-minimalist like myself would love.

I was lucky enough to get a peek inside before the crowds hit, and was able to witness the official opening of the store, complete with a breaking of the sake drums, a glass of sake to toast, and even a speech from the founder of UNIQLO himself, Mr. Tadashi Yanai. Once the ceremonies were over, I headed straight for the massive wall of cashmere sweaters. I had remembered years ago coming across their cashmere sweaters online, and noting the price was reasonable, but wishing I could feel the quality in person. Well, I am happy to report the quality is excellent for the very reasonable price of $99.90! I have other cashmere sweaters at home which are worth more, but are far thinner than this one.

I also fell in love with a rusty-coloured batwing top, and some wide leg trousers while trying things on. Unfortunately I felt the trousers were a bit of an odd length (they'd be good for someone shorter than me I think), but I ended up bringing the batwing top home with me, along with a camel-coloured cashmere v-neck sweater. In fact, I'm wearing the sweater right now as I write this! So cozy for cool fall evenings.

If you're planning on taking a peek, you can find UNIQLO on the lower level of the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

1 comment:

  1. Wow all the clothing items look so stylish and unique although a little pricey but so worth it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, looking forward to more posts from you soon!


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