As stores and businesses slowly start to reopen around Tokyo, people are anxious for some retail therapy. New shopping spaces are also gearing up to open their doors. Some of the more highly anticipated ones include the new With Harajuku shopping complex which features Tokyo’s first city-centre Ikea, as well as a new Uniqlo Tokyo global flagship store that's set to open in Ginza on June 19.
Formerly known as the Uniqlo Marronnier Gate Ginza store, the remodelled shopping space will now claim to be Uniqlo Tokyo's global flagship store. This is not to be confused with the mammoth 12-storey Uniqlo Ginza store on the shopping district's main thoroughfare (opposite Ginza Six), which is Uniqlo's largest global flagship store in the world.
This soon-to-be-open Uniqlo Tokyo will instead focus on the brand's Lifewear line. So after a long eight years of renovations, the upgraded store will take over the first four floors of the shopping centre, offering Lifewear's range of high-quality, functional, affordable and innovative fashion for men, women, children and babies.
The new space was developed in collaboration with graphic designer Kashiwa Sato and Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, which received the prestigious Japan Praemium Imperiale international architecture prize in 2007. The new and improved store is just one of the many spaces in the Ginza and Yurakucho area that’s currently being redeveloped.
While you wait for the big reopening on June 19, check out Uniqlo’s recent collaboration with artist Takashi Murakami and singer Billie Eilish.
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