If you’re looking to spice up your weekend or are in dire need of retail therapy, look no further than Uniqlo and Muji. These Japanese retailers are making an entrance into San Francisco this fall like none other. For those of you unfamiliar with these brands, it’s time you hop on the Cal train into the city to see what the fuss is all about. The first words that come to mind when I think of Uniqlo and Muji are cheap and chic. If you’re a fan of basics -think simple silhouettes at incredibly affordable prices– in every color imaginable, these cult stores will not disappoint.
Uniqlo is known for its classic and simple looks, selling high quality merchandise at a reasonable price. What’s not to love? From well constructed tank tops and casual everyday tees to cozy cashmere sweaters and practical down coats, Uniqlo covers all your bases. Once you’ve found your perfect fit, don’t hesitate to snatch up several in one of their 20 different colors (Confession: I somehow always walk out the door wearing at least one item from Uniqlo –usually jeans, that I have in black, pink, blue, white…you get the picture). With over 800 stores globally, only three are located in the US and all in New York City. But with its growing popularity in the United States, Uniqlo will open its first West Coast store in Union Square at the end of September.
Next stop: MUJI. Making its mark in the Bay Area this fall, MUJI which translates to “no brand quality goods”, is famous for its non-descript, well-designed and inexpensive household and consumer goods. Think IKEA, but pared down and without the screaming kids and long lines. For a minimalist, clutter-phobe like me, MUJI is my go-to place to shop for dorm room essentials. From stationary to desk organizers and any sort of container imaginable, MUJI guarantees high quality and low prices. The retailers first West Coast store will be the largest US store located at 540 Ninth Street, South of Market (SOMA) in SF, housed in the same complex as Nordstrom Rack and Bed, Bath and Beyond (there’s parking). You might as well just make a (shopping) day out of it.