We’re just days away from Uniqlo opening its brand new Toronto store in the Eaton Centre.
And you should be very, very excited.
Neighbours with Nordstrom and H&M in the Dundas Atrium, just off of Yonge-Dundas Square, the brand new, two-floor, 27,000 sq. ft. space is filled with what we can only assume will be your future winter closet.
Seriously, if you weren’t already aware, the Japanese casual wear provider is coming to Canada with some serious fashion credit, including its famous ultra light down jackets and affordable cashmere (think $100 per 100% cashmere sweater). But they’re also trying to make their Canadian mark right off the bat.
For instance, upon entering Uniqlo, you’ll be met with a large column filled with origami maple leaves and a table set up with their latest line of casual (what else) flannel. Solid flannels, patterned flannels, for the weekend or for the office – they have you covered. And if you’ve ever spent winter in Canada you’ll know that at least one of these flannel options will soon have to be yours.
Daily Hive toured the massive space with Uniqlo Canada’s COO, Yasuhiro Hayahi, and the dapper executive was extremely excited to show off everything Uniqlo has to offer to the Canadian market.
There will be a ‘Uniqlo Meets Toronto’ section inside the store that features four local companies at a time (changed up every 2-3 months) whose brands align with Uniqlo’s vision. Think of it as a rotating pop-up shop that gives a shout out to the local designs Uniqlo is feeling in Toronto.
Perhaps of most interest to anyone who lives and works in Toronto and knows the cold burn of trying to look good at work while trying not to freeze to death getting there and back, is Uniqlo’s HEATTECH line.
Not only are the under layer options fantastic, complete with deep Vs so you can sneak them under a collared shirt at the office, but the real game changer is HEATTECH jeans. That’s right, your legs finally don’t have to freeze as you leave them exposed to the elements in your usually apt-to-freeze denim.
According to Uniqlo, “Functional HEATTECH innerwear is all you need to stay warm. The moisture-wicking fabric retains heat and also features anti-odor properties to keep you feeling fresh even when you sweat. Camellia oil moisturizer adds comfort for dry skin.”
Which is a nice way of saying you can wear jeans outside this winter and you’ll still be able to feel your thighs. (Look for the jeans with the orange stickers on them.)
If you’ve never been to Uniqlo before, what should get you most excited about the new Toronto store is the vast selection at the price point its available. Everything seems reasonably priced (think: just $20 for HEATTECH fleece) while managing to maintain a wide enough selection of colours in most categories to let you show off your individual taste.
As Hayahi tells us, “Uniqlo leaves it up to the customer to decide their style, we don’t dictate what your style should be.”
And indeed, the mixing and matching possibilities are endless. From machine washable Merino wool to the exclusive U collection that will be available only in Toronto, Paris, and Tokyo for a week after open, your wardrobe is going to be very happy when you’re through your first visit to the new store.
Uniqlo is set to officially open to the public this Friday, September 30 – and trust us, it’s been well worth the wait.