I go through phases of frequenting a store like crazy (most of the time, it’s just window shopping, unless it’s a crazy sale) and then don’t go near it for a while. I used to go to Soho just for Uniqlo (why else would you battle the awful throngs of tourists?) and when I had an unlimited month to Bar Method down the street… it was quite bad. I haven’t been there since late September when they opened pop-ups in Flatiron and the new flagship in Midtown. Since then, they’ve opened another store near Herald Square. I dropped in as I was passing by the area. It was prime rush hour and the store was dead. It is such a refreshing surprise from the Soho store, which used to be so congested (and mobbed with Taiwanese fobs).
I tried to do a quick browse through but it turned out to be more like a fifteen minute stop since there are so many areas and stairs. I looked for the ultra lightweight long down jacket… yep, still sold out. Even though it looks like there is tons of any one item, it eventually sells out as my procrastinating friends who wanted this jacket quickly learned.
After looking at the +J on sale (which was the first time I looked at this last collection) and being totally uninspired, I turned a corner and what did I see? Striped tees! There are plenty of colors and they are wallet friendly at $19.90. They run big, so my tiny Asian friends… too bad! One thing the American Uniqlos are missing is kids’ clothing.
Not in NYC? Uniqlo’s e-commerce isn’t live yet, but you can place an order through Suddenlee. Suddenlee is a fairly new shopping service and I wish I tested them out earlier. I’m envisioning that they have an army of shoppers who go out and look for whatever you want. Then they mail the items to you for a reasonable service fee. They also pass any savings at the store on to you. I tried to place an order for J.Crew final sale items. Everything I wanted was sold out in stores too (and if this business is based in NYC, I would agree — all of the NYC J.Crew’s were annihilated of sale merchandise!) So my order was cancelled but I was really impressed with their service and response time. Next time, I’ll have to place an order closer to the initial price drops. Same with Zara. If you try out Suddenlee, let me know how it goes! I really need a service like this in Europe… Even if you are in NYC, Suddenlee is a deal compared to crowds, subway fares, and avoiding the risk of buying more than you were planning to.