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Philly's shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO!
The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers.
To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4.
The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand's first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO's Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances.
In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes.
Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.' So, make sure you're wearing your flyest festival gear.
The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses.
Customers can board the bus at the following stops:
— South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only)
— Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only)
— Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only)
— Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off)
— UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only)
You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.us for more information and event details.
Get your designs skills ready for a chance to be a part of The Philadelphia Collection -- a collective of fashion and style events taking over Philly for 10 days in September.
The contest asks local fashion and graphic designers to create a design for a men’s and a women’s T-shirt, using The Philadelphia Collection logo, which will be sold at various retailers in Philadelphia. The contest runs through July 8, 2011.
The winner will receive (in addition to bragging rights) brand/name exposure on the hangtag, exposure in select retail shops throughout the city, six complimentary t-shirts of their design, tickets to an event for The Philadelphia Collection 2011, and $150.
Nigel Richards of The 611 Lifestyle will produce the shirts locally in Philadelphia after the winner is selected on July 19th. The shirts will be sold for $30 at select retailers beginning September 1, 2011.
Insider tip: Full official contest entry rules available here.
Spearheaded by The City of Philadelphia, Center City District, and The Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance, The Philadelphia Collection 2011 will engage members of Philadelphia’s diverse fashion and style community including retailers, stylists, designers, modeling agencies, salons, design schools, fashion consultants and more. These participants will either host their own unique fashion and style event, or partner with other producers’ events as they showcase the City’s retail and design talent in addition to fall’s newest fashions.