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By the end of October 2011, Manhattan will have 150,000 more square feet of Uniqlo than it did at the beginning of the month. The takeover begins October 14, when the Fifth Avenue flagship officially opens its doors. Measuring 90,000 square feet, the space is the biggest Uniqlo in the world.
It also might be the one that looks the most like an Apple store, at least based on the renderings in today's Women's Wear Daily. The aesthetic involves a lot of white and glass, with shoppers entering through a three-story glass atrium. Inside, 500 modern mannequins designed specifically for Uniqlo and 300 LED screens add to the futuristic feel. Best detail so far: There's a shop-in-shop on the second floor that will house the final round of the +J collection—and, we hope, future collabs as well.
New Yorkers have exactly a week to get used to the new flagship, because on October 21, the brand plans to open its second midtown store, this one at 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth. At 60,000 square feet, the space is not quite as gargantuan as the flagship but notable nonetheless. In the meantime, it sounds like the pop-up shops must be doing pretty well, because we're about to see the launch of a fourth. The temporary store will appear at 1142 Third Avenue, between 66th and 67th Streets, and stick around for six months.
· Uniqlo to Open Two Largest Stores [WWD, subscription]
· Polo a player on E. 59th (second item) [NYP]
· The Upper West Side Uniqlo Pop-Ups Are Now Open [Racked NY]