OUR NEW MANCHESTER STORE IS NOW OPEN!
May 09, 2019 LifeWear
UNIQLO returns to the North!
The night before the big opening, we hosted a pre-launch party to celebrate UNIQLO’s long-awaited return to Manchester. With music provided by NTS Radio DJs Meme Gold and ANZ, guests had the opportunity to browse and purchase from our wide selection of innovative Lifewear products.
After giving a short speech, UNIQLO Europe CEO Taku Morikawa and the team behind the store’s opening began celebrations with a traditional Japanese Kagami-Biraki ceremony, smashing open a barrel of Saké with a ceremonial wooden mallet.
Press and selected influencers spent the evening enjoying the festivities, being among the first to see and experience UNIQLO’s newest store.
The next day, we officially cut the ribbon and opened the doors of our Manchester store to the general public.
We marked the occasion with an amazing performance from a group of Japanese Taiko drummers as customers began entering the store. The first 150 customers through the doors were also lucky enough to receive an exclusive UNIQLO Manchester goody bag.
We also gave many lucky customers the chance to go home with more than just the items they paid for thanks to our famous Fukubiki prize wheel. Customers won new pairs of jeans, UT Graphic T-shirts, colour socks, gift vouchers and some were even given the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan. Those customers who spent over £50 throughout the day were also entered into the prize draw to be in a chance of winning the same trip.
But the celebrations didn’t end there! Two days later, on Saturday April 27th, we continued the festivities with more performances from our incredible Taiko drummers and with even more exciting prize-winning action thanks to another appearance from our generous Fukubiki prize wheel.
We also unveiled Inside MCR; a stunning art installation which will remain in the Manchester store for one month. UNIQLO partnered with NTS Radio on the exhibition, which not only celebrates UNIQLO’s return to Manchester but also pays homage to the unique art, music and photography scenes which thrive in the city.
Artists featured in the exhibition include:
Children of Zeus
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Neo-soul duo Tyler Daley and Konny Kon held a special one-off in-store edition of their monthly radio show, playing tracks from artists new and old they feel have inspired their own music, resulting in a fascinating history tour of the Manchester music scene.
"There’s been a bit of a shift where people are going ‘so-and-so from Manchester is doing really well’... It shows where we’re going and the direction we’re heading in. The UNIQLO store being in Manchester now shows how far we’ve come in the development of the city."
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Artist Caroline Dowsett works from the Engine House collective studio at Islington Mill in Salford, Manchester. Typically making use of a wide range of media in her art including paper, ceramics and other textiles, Dowsett has chosen to paint on wood for Inside MCR, drawing inspiration from both UNIQLO’s Japanese heritage and Mancunian culture.
“Loads of people who I look up to artistically have worked with UNIQLO, so that connection makes me trust them.”
Shop Men’s BLOCKTECH Fishtail Parka
Nicholas Delap is a video artist studying fine art at the Manchester School of Art, whose work for this exhibition includes CGI Animated art which nods UNIQLO’s Japanese heritage with imagery including flowing fabrics and re-imaginings of traditionally Japanese objects, themes and aesthetics.
“In terms of the scene in Manchester, it has a big impact on me. I meet people who are super passionate and doing really cool stuff. I bounce off that and it helps me to push myself to make work.”
Manchester-based freelance photographer and student Lucie Crewdson works with both digital and 35mm and 120mm film in works across fashion, portraiture and documentary-style photo shoots. For the Inside MCR exhibition, she has compiled a series of images that capture the beauty of Manchester the people, places and objects that make it so special.
"I think a lot of the work that goes on (in Manchester) is that we’re making things for ourselves... Just for the fun of it really, and because we enjoy it. It’s not because we’re working for someone in the city."
The Inside MCR exhibition will be on display in our store until late May.
Come and check out the new store for yourself by visiting us at:
57 Market St
Our store opening times and telephone number can be viewed here.