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Retail Store UNIQLO opens its doors in Philadelphia

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Friday October 3rd, the long awaited UNIQLO store, a Japanese clothing retailer known for it’s high quality casual clothing and collaborations, opened its doors for the first time in Center City.

The flagship sized store located on 1600 block of Chestnut Street Grand Opened friday morning with a ribbon cutting from Mayor Nutter and many other city officials. Traditional Japanese Taiko Drummers played as guests watched with delight. People lined up early in the morning Friday — and all weekend, waiting for the store to open. As doors officially opened, employees welcomed each guest with joyful cheering. The grand opening promotions and giveaways attracted people from all over the Philadelphia area.

On Saturday, UNIQLO had its grand opening festival titled “UNIQLO Philly Love Fest” [PHOTOS] at The Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse. There were carnival games, prizes, face painting, food trucks, and a DJ set by Phillys own ?uestlove which got the crowd moving and shaking. During the whole event, there were UNIQLO shuttle busses taking guests to the store. UNIQLO had their Ultra light down jackets and Parkas on sale along with a free HeatTech giveaway. HeatTech uses japanese technology to trap the heat you produce when you move and uses that heat to keep you insulated. After the winter we had last year, these are sure to be a popular item.

The collaboration collections were also popular this weekend. The i am OTHER collection by Pharrell Williams and the SPRZ NY collection by MOMA which featured art by Keith Haring and Andy Warhol seemed to attract a lot of interest from shoppers. The Ines collection by french supermodel and designer Inès de La Fressange was a favorite for fashionable business women and older women alike who grew up with Ines.

UNIQLO looks like it has found a home in Philadelphia and is here to stay.

Words // Xavier Green // Editor Aran Hart

Interview: Alicia DiMichele-Garofalo of East Passyunk’s Addiction Boutique

While she may have turned down an appearance on VH1’s Mob Wives, she certainly didn’t turn down venturing into her own success. Alicia DiMichele-Garofalo, owner of Cherry Hill’s Addiction Boutique, has decided to open up a second location right here on Philly’s thriving East Passyunk Avenue. Situated in what used to be the Bronze Bar tanning salon, across from popular spots Plenty and Birra, there is now a new, bold, and sassy neighbor on the block.

The first things I noticed at Addiction were bold colors, funky patterns, jumpsuits, flowy dresses, plenty of accessories (jewelry, clutches, home decor items, etc.), and only a small hint of animal print. What surprised me the most about the store was how it blended outside of the box options with more classic, subdued pieces that anyone could add to their wardrobe. To top it off, nothing was more than $100.

Just over the weekend Addiction Boutique had its grand opening. It was quite the party with beats from DJ Ebro, appetizers provided by Stogie Joes, black and white balloons throughout the store, spiked iced tea, and a red carpet to boot. DiMichele-Garofalo was looking fly and fierce with a lacey top, black bra, leather skirt, and black headband.

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two.one.five had a chance to chat with DiMichele-Garofalo about opening up shop here in Philly, her shopping addiction (hence, the name of her store), and the importance of looking good and rocking your own style.

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two.one.five: When did you decide you wanted to go into the fashion industry? When did you really first think to yourself, “This is what I want to do?”

DiMichele-Garofalo: I have always loved fashion and, of course, shopping. When I first met my husband, who is originally from Brooklyn, he used to take me shopping in all these cool little trendy boutiques in New York, and that’s when I officially became ADDICTED!  There was nothing like these boutiques where I live in Marlton, N.J., and I knew that this is what I wanted to do, to feed my addiction.

two.one.five: Where do you draw inspiration from? Is there perhaps a way you can categorize the type of style you like to promote? Or even a decade or area of the world?

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DG: Dressing to me is like drawing a piece of art, you are your own canvas. My style varies from rocker chic, glam rock, boho chic to girly girly. I tend to catch people off guard with my look because I am never consistent. My inspiration comes from the feeling I want to project for that day in what I’m wearing, whether it’s power and confidence, fierce and sexy, or cool and laid back.

two.one.five: On that same note, is there an individual or individuals who inspire you to do what you do?

DG: My inspirations are my three beautiful sons because everyday I try and show them that no matter what life throws at you, if you stay true to yourself and what you believe in, you will without a doubt thrive to survive…my only agenda is success. I have always been fascinated with self-made, successful woman — they are also an inspiration.

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two.one.five: Do you plan on spending a lot of time up here in your Philly location?

DG: I plan on spending a lot of my time in my Philly store meeting the new customers, making sure that the store is up and running perfectly, and to make sure that everyone in South Philly gets addicted!

two.one.five: What made you hone in on the East Passyunk location?

DG: I wanted to open my second location on East Passyunk because a lot of my customers would drive from Philly to my store in Cherry Hill to shop. I knew that East Passyunk has been up and coming and wanted to help make it thrive by adding my boutique to the mix.

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two.one.five: Do you have plans to continue expanding beyond your New Jersey and Philly locations?

DG: It is absolutely in my plans to open more stores and spread the addiction!

two.one.five: What separates your boutique from other boutiques in Philadelphia? In your opinion, why should someone shop at Addiction as opposed to a competitor?

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DG: Addiction Boutique stands out from the rest with our very unique styles that you will not see anywhere else; they’re all very reasonably priced and under $100. Our loyal customers know to check in often because our inventory is limited. We receive orders twice per week, and once it’s gone it’s gone for good.

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two.one.five: How excited are you for your new location?

DG: I am so excited to have another store and venture into a new location and to embrace the people and businesses on East Passyunk Avenue.