We Attended UNIQLO’s Pre-Opening Party for its First Canadian Store!

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The wait is over. Today UNIQLO’s first Canadian store has officially opened its doors to the public at The Eaton Centre!

To commemorate the event, yesterday Uniqlo’s Eaton Centre location hosted a pre-opening party with an open bar, live music, and a DJ and Culture has the juicy details for you below! Party guests were served a variety of hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages.

The party started off with a bang as Chairman President and CEO of UNIQLO, Tadashi Yanai delivered a speech to celebrate the store’s expansion into Canada, then proceeded with the Japanese traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony.

Chairman President and CEO of UNIQLO, Tadashi Yanai (柳井 正), in the center behind the sake barrel.
Chairman President and CEO of UNIQLO, Tadashi Yanai (柳井 正), in the center behind the sake barrel.
Shoppers are greeted by a pillar display of red origami maple leafs, a tribute to the store’s Japanese origins and its new Canadian location.
Shoppers are greeted by a pillar display of red origami maple leafs, a tribute to the store’s Japanese origins and its new Canadian location.
The full red carpet treatments for their guests.
The full red carpet treatments for their guests.

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Their grand opening coincides with UNIQLO North America’s debut of the 2016 Fall/ Winter Uniqlo U collection, available in store at the Eaton Centre. The collection is led by former Hermès designer Christophe Lemaire and his UNIQLO Paris R&D Center team. Uniqlo U features 52 women’s and 35 men’s items, including knits, outerwear, dresses and jackets suitable for casual and business-casual wear.

The store is located between the women’s H&M store and Nordstrom at the Eaton Centre entrance by Dundas Square. The interior of the store has two floors with an even selection of men’s and women’s throughout. The second floor also has a section for toddlers and children.

Bottom floor with escalators leading to the second floor.
Bottom floor with escalators leading to the second floor.

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Here’s what to expect when shopping there. Pricing is listed in Canadian dollars, excluding taxes.

  • Shirts $39.00
  • Knits $49.90 to $149.90
  • Outerwear $99.90 to $199.90
  • Pants $49.90 to $69.90
  • Skirts $49.90 to $69.90
  • Dresses $49.90 to $99.90
  • Jackets $99.90 to $149.90
  • Cut & sewn items $19.90 to $49.90
  • Accessories $19.90 to $59.90
Canadian colours! Represent!
Canadian colours! Represent!
The more layers, the better!
The more layers, the better!
Blocktech warm pants to keep you cozy for Canada’s next-level winter.
Blocktech warm pants to keep you cozy for Canada’s next-level winter.

Many describe Uniqlo as the Japanese version of H&M. If I had to compare the two retail companies, Uniqlo wins hands down. From a personal perspective, the clothes are very trendy, versatile, comfortable, and good quality for a cheaper cost!  

I highly recommend shopping at Uniqlo! (Take my money, Uniqlo!)