Get a Sneak Peek Inside the New Uniqlo Pop-Up Shop at Ala Moana Center
The popular Japanese fashion brand sets up shop in the former Miu Miu space.
Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino
Honolulu gets its first taste of Uniqlo today with the opening of the Japanese fashion brand’s pop-up shop at Ala Moana Center. Called A Little Pop from Tokyo, the boutique offers an exciting sneak peek at what we can expect from the label’s permanent store slated to open this fall with a limited selection of men’s, women’s and kids’ apparel featuring designs inspired by Tokyo and global pop culture.
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At 2,500-square-feet it’s not giant, but every inch is well utilized. Set up as one large room, the men’s section is on the right, the women’s section is on the left and the keiki section makes up the back. Also at the back—a register station with three POS systems and a fitting room with two stalls.
Artwork from several of Uniqlo’s collaborators is showcased throughout. The exterior of the shop features the drawings of San Francisco graffiti artist Barry McGee while an eye-popping wall piece by New York artist Timothy Goodman greets you right inside the doorway.
The pop-up shop plans to offer 200 different designs while open, the majority of which will be from UT, Uniqlo’s line of graphic tees that features artwork from artists, designers, comic books and companies beloved for their roles in pop culture throughout the years. The shop plans to debut one new tee design each week.
Currently, the fellas’ UT collections feature Andy Warhol, Charles and Ray Eames, and the aforementioned Barry McGee, plus Japanese painter-printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. The playful Ramen collection showcases the logos of renowned Japanese ramen shops, while The Brands grouping spotlights products from Casio, Rubik’s, Lego and Bic.
Head to the women’s section for UT styles from French painter and light artist Francois Morellet, known for his geometric patterns; Kyoto paper manufacturer Karakami Karacho (Japanese block prints); and British fashion design house Studio Sanderson—think romantic floral prints straight from an English garden. The Mickey & The Sun collection stars, who else, Mickey Mouse, while the American Movies Back to the ’80s collection throws it back to cult classics E.T., Back to the Future, Gremlins and more.
In the kids’ department, you’ll find tiny takes on the Studio Sanderson and Mickey & The Sun styles, and the Doraemon and Jump 50th Anniversary collections topped with manga illustrations.
Outside of the tees, the shop is stocking a variety of solid bottoms (shorts and skirts) to mix and match, and a small array of canvas carryalls and collapsible nylon totes.
Pop-up sizes currently range from XS to XL for adults and from 4-years-old to 12-years-old for kids. Extended sizes are available online and can be ordered while in the store.
The Hawai‘i Exclusive
Keep an eye out for the limited-edition Doraemon x Takahashi Murakami toy selling for $29.90. Already sold out globally, the super-adorable plush is now only available at the Hawai‘i pop-up shop.
The Gift with Purchase
The first 300 customers will receive an insulated freezer tote with any purchase over $50 (before tax).
The retailer is planning to open a permanent two-story store this fall in Ala Moana Center’s Nordstrom wing.
Ala Moana Center, Level 3, (808) 600-3831, open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.