UNIQLO snags Cloak, Phillip Lim, Alice Roi and More for Exclusives

Phillip_lim_1 Can a week go by without a UNIQLO item from The Shophound?
Today brings the news that the Japanese powerhouse's Designer Invitation Project has signed a mix of up-and-coming American and Japanese designers for exclusive 8-piece capsule collections to start arriving in all their stores early next year. First on deck are luxury cashmere designers Lutz & Patmos whose line will bow in February to be followed by Japan's HALB for men and Kino for women in March, hometown favorites,  Alexander Plokhov for Cloak and Alice Roi in April, 3.1 Phillip Lim (pictured at left) for women and Satoru Tanaka for men in May followed by G.V.G.V. from Japan in June. It's a win-win for everybody. We the customers get great designer clothes at UNIQLO's teeny tiny prices, and emerging designers get huge exposure in lucrative foreign markets. Look for The Shophound to be first in line when the Cloak stuff goes on sale.

If you haven't seen the container stores, here's the latest schedule for locations.

10/28: Astor Place at Lafayette Street

11/5: 17th Street and Broadway

11/6-10: UNIQLO flagship store- 546 Broadway, between Prince and Spring streets

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News: Marc Jacobs Hits the Table + Which T-Shirt Are You?

RainbootsWho's the most popular designer on this blog? Marc Jacobs of course. It seems The Shophounders can't get enough of him, and it doesn't hurt that he gets Brandon Boyd,  Christy Turlington, Dita Von Teese, Hilary Swank, Julianne Moore, Naomi Campbell, Rufus Wainwright, Selma Blair and Winona Ryder to strip and pose for nudie t-shirts for him, and even joins in himself. A few months back, we were briefly considering changing this blog to "The Christina Aguilera/Marc Jacobs Shopping Blog"  purely to increase traffic, but we decided to maintain a shred of integrity.
The latest news from Marc (via WWD) is that he is teaming up with Waterford, the venerable Irish crystal firm, to launch a tabletop collection set to start arriving in stores by the Holiday season. Jacobs has been producing a few special home items which have been available only in his stores, but this will be a full line selling at select specialty stores as well (we're guessing Barney's, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue for starters). The range will include flatware, dishes, and naturally, crystal stemware, as well as barware, gift items and vases.
At the more democratic end of the scale, His own boutiques have added their seasonal specials, so besides the T-shirts, be sure to pick up special edition rain boots (pictured) in a variety of colors for around $35, as well as a host of plastic key chains and other baubles for under $5.
Menofjacobs And there are still some T-shirts left while they last.
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Which Marc Jacobs nudie t-shirt are you?

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