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First look: Uniqlo at Mall of Asia
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I may have first heard of Uniqlo from my brother who discovered it in London and now flies often to Japan for work. From him I got to know this Japanese fast fashion brand that’s known for affordable basics for men, women, teens and kids—for home, work, play and exercise.
Uniqlo is also known for collaborating with other iconic brands—anywhere from Walt Disney and Hello Kitty to Laura Ashley, Lulu Guiness—all the way to Jil Sander and Undercover.
In Ginza, Tokyo, it’s a great place to buy pasalubong because of its price points.

UNIQLO, Ginza

I’ve been to Uniqlo in Singapore’s Somerset and ION Orchard malls—the latter has two levels and is always busy.
I’ve been to the one in Bangkok, which was great because it was spacious and no longer crowded. That’s where I bought the comfiest lounging pants I use everyday.
No matter what country, there’s never enough time for Uniqlo, because of its size and madness. I’m always stressed and in a hurry to shop when I’m there. But not anymore when it opens at Mall of Asia this June 15, 2012.

Uniqlo at MOA

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of going through the aisles and looking at everything it has to offer without the mad crowd and confusion of what to buy.
I was amazed to see merchandise with Philippine prices—so affordable! On its opening week, many items will be marked down, as jeans go for an unreal price of Php 590. I’m already scared of the pandemonium this is going to cause.
Not to worry, the 1,550-square-meter store has 15 cash registers ready for the masses, plus 14 fitting rooms.
What I don’t like about Uniqlo is they are very strict about the four-piece maximum in the fitting room. And you know me, I always come with an armload of stuff.

Uniqlo at Central World

Take a look at what’s in store when Uniqlo opens in Manila this Friday.
Our group arrived before 2 PM at Mall of Asia this afternoon. You’ll find Uniqlo at the 2nd level of the Main Mall where Kultura and Marrionaud used to be.

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
L-R: Keri, Leica, Rajo, Grace, Cedric, Nix

Hello Chris Tiu! You’re not bad-looking.

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

There was a TV crew filming when we came in.

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

There are seven Japanese Uniqlo staff in Manila for the opening. Some of them will be staying here longer to help set up the next branches.

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

I am a huge fan of elastic waistbands. Nix and I loved the pants with elastic waistbands. They are so comfy.

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Lots of comfy basics for men

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Cedric checks out the tees

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

I checked out the UT section, or Uniqlo T-shirts at a special opening price of Php 590.
There’s Barbie

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Hello Kitty

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Peanuts

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Laura Ashley

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Lots of cool frames for Php 590

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Unfortunately, not enough bags and footwear for now

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Tons of best-selling BRATOPS, or sleeveless tops with built-in bras

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

They are so popular, they also come as sundresses

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

They have comfy sheer cardigans

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Two of our house favorites: Yakult

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

and Sour Cream Pringles in tees

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

We love Dutch orange

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

The softest children’s wear you’ll find

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo at MOA

plus undies

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

I am hoarding these for Christian

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Let’s not forget the little girls

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

and the teens

Uniqlo at MOA

I am intrigued by the Airism range, which feels cool to the skin.

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Wanna try to sleep in these pants

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Airism comes in tops too

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

and for men

Uniqlo at MOA

They have very affordable bras

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Boy shorts (I love!)

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Lots of knickers

Uniqlo at MOA

Tons of leggings and tights

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

The most organized sock collection

Uniqlo at MOA

Oh, and it’s a true rumor that jeans will be sold at a special price of Php 590 up to June 21st only.

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

The men will appreciate the working casuals

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Walk this way to the fitting rooms. Take note:

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

There are 14 stalls

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

Line up here for the cash registers

Uniqlo at MOA

Two rows—there are 15 of them!

Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia
Uniqlo preview at Mall of Asia

And yes they are ready for the shoppers. I can’t wait to be one of the first. And you?

Uniqlo at MOA

The first Uniqlo in the Philippines opens June 15, 2012 at the 2nd level of Mall of Asia, Main Mall. 
To know more, go to http://www.uniqlo.com/ph/.

(Some photos by DAC RIVERA)

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