PARIS — “Welcome to Uniqlo’s new home,” mentioned Inès de la Fressange, who was among the many first visitors to find the Japanese firm’s latest handle, which can open to the general public on Sept. 16 within the Pont-Neuf space that can also be residence to town’s revived retail icon La Samaritaine.
Located in an Art Deco constructing at 67-73 Rue de Rivoli and dubbed “Samaritaine 3,” the Japanese firm’s newest flagship brings collectively historic options reminiscent of its metallic construction and mosaic frieze with LED screens and, extra surprisingly, plaster reproductions of sculptures from the Louvre museum — a nod to their four-year partnership signed in 2021.
With a retail space of 21,500 sq. ft unfold over 4 ranges, Uniqlo Rivoli will supply the complete breadth of the Japanese firm’s providing, from its Uniqlo U designer-focused vary and de la Fressange’s ever-popular collaboration to child’s put on and intimate attire.
On the bottom flooring are the lads’s and ladies’s core collections, together with a new-to-France space devoted to the UT T-shirt line of inventive collaborations with artists and cultural establishments, singled out by chrome steel flooring and ceiling.
Flanking the eye-catching central staircase, monumental artwork items seen from all flooring and created by French and Japanese artists reinforce Uniqlo’s will to “initiate or reconnect its visitors with art,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
The first flooring’s ladies’s providing may even be residence to a 430-square-foot area to French chain Comptoir des Cotonniers, additionally a part of Fast Retailing Co.’s portfolio, an idea trialed on the firm’s Ginza retailer in Tokyo and now deployed in Europe for the primary time.
“There is and always has been a will from the group to create synergies between its sister brands. [Uniqlo Rivoli] was a good opportunity to reiterate this collaboration between our two brands in such a beautiful and special building,” mentioned Comptoir des Cotonnier’s director of communications Sophie Boilley. To spotlight the complementary choices, mannequins all through the area had been wearing seems mixing the 2 labels.
On the topmost flooring, customers wanting a second of respite from the bustle of the Rivoli purchasing district or needing to occupy youthful relations may have a library nook full with comfy sofas and a choice of studying materials, from image books to artwork monographs.
Another focus of the Rivoli retailer is the highlight on the neighborhood’s altering face, significantly its emphasis on “gentle mobility” by using non-petrol automobiles or pedestrian paths.
This was most evident within the males’s part within the basement degree, the place posters described the corporate’s sustainability and social outreach packages — circularity, low-consumption manufacturing and assist to refugees had been among the many subjects displayed — alongside electrical bicycles by French biking specialists Cavale or skateboard makers Squête.
While not accessible on the market, they are going to be prominently featured in public actions scheduled in late September and October as a part of the shop’s activations, which additionally embody a Japanese tea ceremony or a taiko-drums efficiency.
Uniqlo Rivoli is the Japanese retailer’s eighth handle in Paris and twenty third on the French market, with two additional openings deliberate this month, within the Italie2 purchasing heart in southeastern Paris and within the southern metropolis of Marseille.
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