I first learned about UNIQLO when I went to Bangkok, Thailand earlier this year. It was the opening weekend of Mega Bangna and I saw a lot of people lining up outside a store. I easily figured out from the paper bags that it’s a Japanese store. And when I got back to Manila, people.. at least the bloggers, were raving about a UNIQLO opening in Manila the following month of June. Ben Chan’s group was bringing the Japanese brand to SM Mall of Asia first on June 15 and other stores would follow around the metro.
I checked out the brand’s official website and found out the store just sells “basic” and “functional” clothes. I thought UNIQLO was the MUJI of clothes for everyone who doesn’t like wearing flashy clothes.
People say the clothes are cheap but if you are a regular bargain-hunter and thrift-shopper like me, you would disagree. For me, any item out in the market that costs more than the ‘Average Daily Cost of Living per Family’ in the Philippines is expensive.
So UNIQLO Manila opened months ago but I only got to visit the SM Mall of Asia Branch last month. I bought nothing because I liked nothing. (Flannel shirts? Knit wear?? In the tropics??) I know though that the quality of clothes there are very good as I recently got a Uniqlo shirt as a gift from TheBeautyBlogMD. It was a plain, pink shirt which I liked because of the fabric and the fit. I was checking out the statement and cartoon character shirts but I didn’t want to spend that amount for a cutesy T-shirt when I don’t often wear such cotton shirts.
Recently though, I got to check out the store items more closely at the newly opened UNIQLO store in Siam Paragon here in Bangkok. If I’m not mistaken, it’s the second branch in the country to open. I wasn’t really in the mood because the toddler was already making a scene. Glad my husband offered to look after our son so I could have explore the store. I wasn’t planning on buying anything as this trip to Bangkok isn’t a “business travel”. By business travel I meant a shopping expedition. We are here to spend time with the family and mainly see the new baby.
But it’s opening weekend so the prices were lower. I think even lower than the opening prices in Manila. Regular price of UNIQLO T-shirts in the Philippines is P790 but during launch, they sold for P590. Here in Bangkok though, the character UNIQLO T-shirts are priced at 290 Baht which is around P388. Pwede. I bought only one. I didn’t bother checking out shirts for my husband because I know he wouldn’t approve of the printed shirts available there.
I got this iconic Campbell Soup by Andy Warhol Graphic Print T-shirt:
I also wanted to buy a Barbie T-shirt but I didn’t like the fit. It was getting late too so paid for the shirt right away. The UNIQLO in Siam Paragon is smaller than MOA’s, I think only half the size. We went on a Tuesday night so there weren’t so many people. In fact, there were only a handful of us inside.
Would I recommend UNIQLO for those living in Bangkok? Yes, if you can afford. 🙂
UNIQLO THAILAND’s Official Website: www.uniqlo.com/th/
UNIQLO Thailand’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/uniqlo.th
UNIQLO Thailand’s Twitter: www.twitter.com/UNIQLO_TH
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. – Luke 16:10
14 thoughts on “[Bangkok] Uniqlo opens in Siam Paragon”
Have you tried Cotton On? They have fun prints as well
di ko napuntahan. central world ba meron?
Uniqlo offers simple designs but still ‘tres chic’. 🙂 It’s also like Cotton On, but yeah, Uniqlo masters t-shirt designs. Haha! Good thing for them they got a branch open on this place.
i only have two uniqlo shirts and i can say the quality is really good. that’s only after two washings though. my friend said cotton on’s quality isn’t as good and shrinks. is it true for cotton on? i’ll buy one soon to compare.
If I was gonna spend that amount for a laid back shirt, I’d much rather go for an Esprit or H&M. I wanted to get myself their tumbler at opening day but missed it 🙁
i haven’t been to an esprit store in now a while because i find them expensive too (P800 for a shirt here). H&M’s prices at BKK seemed lower than uniqlo and forever21. pero eto talaga, if you want quality t-shirts, i highly recommend zara because the quality is very good even my husband agrees. i have 7-year old t- already. ilang labahan na but still good. a bit pricey too but you know they will last. mango naman, good rin but parang overrated ang price. la lang. 😀
This boutique is really cool. is it here in Davao na?
hi claire! in the philippines, uniqlo is in sm mall of asia. 🙂
I am not fashionista but I envy people who carry themselves well in fancy clothes I mean signature brand clothes. I can only do T-shirts and looks like this brand has in store for me 🙂
no need to envy the fashionistas. you can have your own style. no need to follow the trends either. i recommend uniqlo for the quality. as for the designs, they’re too basic. price? like i said, anything higher than the ‘Average Daily Cost of Living per Family’ in the Philippines is expensive to me. expect to pay not anything lower than 500 bucks for a shirt. 🙂
Uniqlo does have cool and simple designs for their clothes which is probably the reason they are starting to leave a mark.
This may sound embarrassing but I got a Uniqlo rash guard from ukay! Hehehehe!
hey, i buy from ukay too! 😀
Hello from overseas! This is just what I was looking for, and you did it well. Thank you