For those of you who keep track of such things, the second Spring delivery of +J, the collection for UNIQLO by the designer Jil Sander will be arriving bright and early this Thursday morning at 8AM so set you alarms. This will be the final Spring delivery for the men's line. The women's collection has one more installment coming in six weeks or so. Now that the line is expanded and spread out over three deliveries, we can't predict what sort of queue situation there will be, but it's worth noting that they have already stared replenishing the first delivery with Japanese production goods, so it continues to sell well. We don't know if the frustrating sizing issues have been addressed yet, but it will at least be worth showing up for those svelte fans out there. As a bonus, UNIQLO has been offering special purchase prices on the first Spring delivery for the past couple of weeks, which means good deals on some of those great lightweight down jackets.
On a related note, those popular Designers Invitation collections that usually arrive around this time of year seem to be focusing on Japanese designers after last year's all-american edition featuring Opening Ceremony, Steven Alan, Shipley & Halmos and Gilded Age. This year, the lineup is all Japanese featuring zechia, Han Ahn Soon, Suzuki Takayuki, G.V.G.V., Mintdesigns, Mother and Fur Fur. They reportedly started arriving in Japanese stores late last month, but so far we have no word when or if they will be featured in SoHo's flagship. It's possible that with all the +J promotional activity, the DI collections may fly under the radar since the designers are almost totally unknown to American shoppers, not unlike last season's KM for UNIQLO line that appeared and sold out quickly with little fanfare. We will be keeping an eye out.
Also of interest,today, UNIQLO's website appears to be in French! So, Bonjour tout le monde!
+J for UNIQLO arriving Thursday, March 4th at 8 AM 546 Broadway between Prince & Spring Streets, SoHo
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