UNIQLO Fifth Avenue – Grand Opening Party | Event Recap

By - October 17th, 2011

You certainly don’t see opening gala as such on this stretch of Fifth Avenue in New York City. A little touch of evening rain certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit as they entered into the UNIQLO Fifth Avenue, aka “the crystal cathedral”. Among the very first to greet invited guests last Thursday evening was UNIQLO Founder/Fast Retailing CEO Tadashi Yanai and his wife in traditional kimono. Other familiar greeters were Naoki Takizawa, UNIQLO Design Director, and of course, Nicola Formechitti, the retailer’s consummated collaborator. But what grabbed most of the headline and photographers’ blinding flashes were the surprise appearances, from artist KAWS, actress Susan Sarandon, Suchin Pak, Edison Chen… Even retail king Mickey Drexler, CEO of J. Crew, stopped by and shared an animated conversation with Yanai. And with the smashing of sake kegs to usher in good fortunate, the official cerebration started…

Photography: Poe for Freshness

UNIQLO Fifth Avenue
666 5th Avenue | Map
(@ West 53rd Street)
New York, NY 10016

UNIQLO Founder Tadashi Yanai with J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler

UNIQLO Founder Tadashi Yanai with J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler

Store Architect Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall)

Fashion Designer Carlos Campos