Talking Shop: A Unique Glow at Japanese Clothing Store Uniqlo

by Kathleen Luppi

Costa Mesa, CA – Shoppers won’t need a passport to browse a spread of ultra-light down jackets, cashmere sweaters and Supima T-shirts made from Japanese retailer Uniqlo. The international brand opened its first Southern California store last month at South Coast Plaza, adding to the company’s 1,400 stores in 16 markets worldwide with locations in Australia, Germany and Russia. Uniqlo, which first opened in Hiroshima in 1984, is often compared to the American company Gap, though its store associates are trained to return charge cards to customers “Japanese style,” with two hands and full eye contact.

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