spotted in the city: uniqlo goes uptown



Not one, two: We first noticed that Japanese brand Uniqlo was moving uptown in New York while riding a crosstown train back home from the US Open a couple of weeks ago. Forbes reported in late August that the store will open it’s second and third New York City stores — the only in the States — come October. The first is to be 5th Avenue’s biggest retails space (89,000 square feet) and the second is set for tourist-happy 34th St. Uniqlo currently  has just one store in NYC in SoHo on the ever-busy retail strip of Broadway between Houston and Canal Streets.

The company eventually plans to open 200 US stores, generating some $10 billion in sales.

TSF Vault: Uniqlo in SoHo | Kei Nishikori in Uniqlo


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nishikori watches what he wears



Of course! The 2011 switch from adidas to the whites and reds of Uniqlo meant that Kei Nishikori needed to re-accessorize; the blue candy just wasn’t going to cut it. Instead, he’s been wearing an orange/red Baby-G.

The top Japanese ATPer got bounced out of the third round by Feli Lopez this week’s Barcelona Open. Lopez plays Dodig in the quarters and is in the same half as Rafa. (Draw: Barcelona Open singles [pdf])

Buy: Casio Baby-G BG 2000-4, $79, casio.com.

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trophy watch: how sweet-ing it is



Sweet success: American Ryan Sweeting won his first-ever ATP title yesterday, capping a great week in Houston by beating Kei Nishikori in the final of the U.S. Men’s Claycourt Championships, 6-4, 7-6 (3). After his victory, Sweet took a little celebratory swim.

Moving up: Sweeting’s win vaults him from no. 93 in the world to no. 67, the biggest leap of any top 100 player this week.

Chasing Charleston: While defending champ Samantha Stosur continued to sputter, world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki had a solid week, including a this-should-be-the-final win over former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the semis. Woz actually took out Russian Elena Vesnina in the title match, winning 6-2, 6-3 for the green clay vcitory.

After the cut: Vika wins in Spain and a Spaniard takes Casablanca. [Read more...]

kei, uniquely, in uniqlo



While it warms our cockles that Japanese brand Uniqlo is tapping into tennis as it takes over the world — their SoHo store was the site of our last buying spree — we’re still waiting to see where they take Kei Nishikori‘s on-court kits. Right now it’s pretty basic, with Uniqlo’s texty square logo punctuating the solid colors on his tees and shorts.

Long haul: As you may already know, Kei signed a five-year deal with the company starting this year. More deets to come (from Uniqlo) about the extent of his involvement with the brand.

Desert Sander: By the way, +J, Uniqlo’s playground for designer Jil Sander, began selling its Spring ’11 goods this week. Check out the lookbook for this desert-inspired collection. (Top marks go to outerwear). TSF can only hope she’ll take a page of out of the Stella McCartney book and start fitting Kei. Can you imagine??

Brackets: Kei — still with a ribbon on his tee to keep awareness of the earthquake/tsunami recovery in Japan — won his first-round match against Jeremy Chardy at the Sony Ericsson Open, being contested in Key Biscayne. His next opponent is top seed Rafa Nadal.

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kei’s candy



Let’s all take a break from that epic Wimbledon 2010 first round match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut (it’s at 38-37 in the fifth set as a I type this) and take a look at Kei Nishikori. Kei had the luck of drawing Rafael Nadal in the first round. He lost the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Speaking of colorful accessories, adidas slapped a bright blue watch onto Kei’s otherwise white outfit. We love that extra bit of pop.

Buy: adidas Originals Candy Watch, Neon Blue, $60, adidas.com. Fall Edge Crew, $50, TW.