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Scroll down to see our favorite winter Uniqlo products, picked just for Seattleites.
Like a Phoenix, the former Macy's building at 300 Pine Street has risen from the ashes of the department store's pre-pandemic closure to become Uniqlo's first location in Seattle proper. Break out your affordable basics: It's time to celebrate.
When the international casualwear company opens November 18 in that prime location on the corner of Fourth and Pine, it won't take up the entire first floor of the building—other tenants are TBD, but Uniqlo global CEO Daisuke Tsukagoshi confirmed plans to "connect to other retailers from the inside in the future." Mall revival wasn't on our 2022 bingo card, but at this point nothing would shock us.
"We have been looking to open a store in the downtown area for several years" after Uniqlo's success at its Bellevue and Southcenter locations (opened in 2015 and 2018, respectively), Tsukagoshi says. In the Seattle market, the retailer has seen a true-to-form preference for "clothing that provides comfort and quality above all else," like products made from windproof fleece and warming Heattech fabric, both of which will feature prominently in the downtown store's holiday season offerings. (Uniqlo offers clothing for adults, kids, and babies, making it a solid and reasonably priced option for gift shopping.)
The opening, like several other big-ticket arrivals in downtown Seattle as of late, comes amid genuine concerns about the neighborhood's continued vitality amid the homelessness crisis and a dearth of office workers.
It also comes amid eternal complaints, most frequently from out-of-towners, that the city's core is beyond repair. Seattle is dying, and all we got was this surprisingly cute, locally inspired, $20 graphic tee? We'll take it.
Here are some of our favorite Uniqlo picks for Seattleites:
Uniqlo's windproof fleece brings a little extra coziness to the equation by blocking out the cold; we especially like this nubby, vintage-looking fabric, available in six colors and unisex sizing.
Have your puffy coat and your fashion, too: This plaid-patterned jacket, complete with an adjustable drawstring and a slightly cropped silhouette, elevates the winter staple just enough to keep it firmly in wear-every-day territory.
If the five-star reviews don't speak for themselves, the $30 price tag ought to. Available in a rainbow of brights, pastels, and neutrals, this fluffy fleece would make a great gift for all the kids in your life (or that one kid who simply needs one in every color).