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Fashion

UNIQLO and Lululemon in Kuwait

Yesterday I dropped by a new department store that opened up called The District that carries a number of brands including UNIQLO and Lululemon. I was curious to check out the UNIQLO items since I tend to stock up on their t-shirts and socks whenever I’m in LA.

Just to be clear, this isn’t an official UNIQLO store. I ran into the owner while I was browsing and had a chat with him and turns out they tried bringing the UNIQLO brand to Kuwait but UNIQLO weren’t interested (even Alshaya are having trouble trying to get the brand). So, what they decided to do was buy UNIQLO products at normal retail price, ship them to Kuwait and slap their markup onto the items. How much of a markup? Well here are the prices of a bunch of random items so you can compare:

Low Cut Socks
Online: KD1.2
Kuwait: KD2

Dry Pique Short Sleeve Polo Shirt
Online: KD6
Kuwait: KD17.5

Fleece Long-Sleeve Full-Zip Jacket
Online: KD6
Kuwait: KD24

Oxford Slim Fit Long Sleeve Shirt
Online: KD9
Kuwait: KD24

Women Ezy Jeans
Online: KD12
Kuwait: KD30

Sprz NY Basquiat Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt
Online: KD4.5
Kuwait: KD24

Ouch right? But here is why their prices are so expensive. Stores tend to buy items at wholesale prices, so for example, if an item retails for KD10, the actual cost of the item to the store is around KD4. The KD6 difference would cover the cost of shipping, customs, salaries, rent, and profit. In this case, The District is purchasing the items at full retail price of KD10, then slapping on the cost of shipping, customs, salaries, rent and their profit resulting in the prices you see above. I didn’t check the Lululemon prices but I’m assuming its the same.

If you want to check the place out yourself, The District is located in Bida’a [Google Maps] and they’re also on instagram @thedistrict_kuwait

Thanks Aisha!

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Fashion

Dar Scrubs 👩🏽‍⚕️👨🏻‍⚕️

Dar Scrubs is an interesting small store that sells clothing and accessories for doctors. I didn’t think there could be so much variety in scrubs but I guess even doctors want to look good. I even spotted Grey’s Anatomy branded scrubs which is actually pretty smart of the show.

If you’re a doctor (or just looking to role play) then you should pass by and check them out. They’re located in Promenade Mall inside their Soapbox space. If you don’t feel like passing by you could also check out their online store [Here]

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Fashion

Largest H&M Store in the World Opening in Avenues

If the five H&M stores already in the Avenues weren’t enough, H&M are now planning to open another one! The new location is where the old Debenhams used to be in phase 1 of the Avenues and according to the hoarding, it’s going to be the largest one in the world. It’s crazy that we need the largest H&M in the world first of all but it’s even crazier that is opening in a mall that already has five other locations.

Update: Reminds me of this hilarious (and real) scene from The Simpsons…

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Fashion

The X-Rated Swatch

If you grew up with Swatches in the 80s then you’ll most likely recognize the X-Rated Swatch that was released in 1987, the GB406. I never had one, instead around that time I had the more colorful Swatch Navigator, the GB707. A couple of days back I was on eBay looking for a clean, but well-priced GB707 when I noticed someone selling a boxed X-Rated watch for around $120 which seemed weird. Usually, the original black X-Rated watch sells for around $500, and one in this condition would be even more. I realized something was up and quickly googled the X-Rated Swatch to find out Swatch had re-released the model last month!

It was around 11PM but since its Ramadan, I knew shops were still open. I called up one of the Swatch stores and asked if they had the watch in stock and I was told that the black ones had been pulled from the stores, but the red one was still available. I knew I could order the watch online but figured I’d head over to the store and try the red one out to see how it looked on my wrist, but also to get clarification on the “pulled” aspect of the black ones. I’ve had situations similar in the past with Swatch where a highly desirable model is usually put aside for their good customers/collectors.

I get to the Swatch store and start talking to the salesperson who turned out knew their vintage Swatches. She actually pulled out the store’s copy of the highly desirable and difficult to find “Swatch-Clopedia” and we started going through it. After reminiscing over classic Swatches from the 80s and early 90s, and then showing me some stock of old Swatch Guards they still had in store, I was about to leave when she told me to hold on. She picked up the phone and called her brand manager and told him there was a customer in the store who wanted the black X-Rated Swatch. She hung up the phone, went away for a minute and came back with a black X-Rated watch. She told me her brand manager told her it was ok to sell me one and I ended up paying the KD21 price and leaving with it.

The watch is pretty great looking and practically resembles the original 1987 version with very minor differences. Old Swatches tend to have small diameters but the new X-Rated is 41mm which is similar to most modern watches, I think it looks really good when worn. If you’re interested in this watch and can’t get it in Kuwait, there are a ton of people on eBay selling it for around $120 which is still reasonable. But of course, nothing beats walking into a store and paying retail price for one.

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Fashion

Bloomingdale’s Kuwait to Bring Menswear

According to a contact of mine at Bloomingdale’s, the Kuwait branch might eventually start carrying menswear at their store in 360 Mall. Currently, they only sell womenswear but starting soon they’re going to start selling some men’s accessories as well. Next month they’re also going to bring their exclusive collection by Les Benajmins to Kuwait.

I personally think they should bring menswear and I never understood why they didn’t have it initially at launch. Right now I seem to be spending all my money at Allsaints which I don’t mind, but I’m also starting to look like an Allsaints billboard. So having more options works for me.

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Fashion

Where to Find Swarovski Crystals in Kuwait

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked if I know a place that sells Swarovski crystals, usually by girls who might have had a crystal element fall off their shoe, purse or some other kind of accessory. I’ve previously sent them to Barakat but because they don’t have that big of a collection of elements, the girls usually don’t find what they’re looking for.

Yesterday I was heading from my gym to MEAT by foot and spotted this small place with jars on display in the window. I was curious so I got closer but I still couldn’t really tell what was inside the jars, so I walked into the shop to get a closer look. Turns out the shop was covered in these jars and inside each one were different kinds of Swarovski crystals. It was just a shop dedicated to selling Swarovski crystals.

So if you ever need any crystals to replace ones that have fallen off, you probably won’t find a place in Kuwait with a larger collection than this place. The shop is located behind Crystal Tower in Kuwait City [Google Maps] and their phone number is 22419172.

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Fashion Sneakers

Sole Lab Sneaker Store

Sole Lab is a new sneaker store that opened up a couple of months ago. It’s a small shop that is aiming to make unique and limited sneakers more accessible in the local market. I dropped by yesterday to check the place out and although I didn’t pick up anything, they did have a few good looking sneakers especially the women ones.

The shop is located in Tilal Complex in Shuwaikh and they’re currently in a soft opening phase so open from 2PM to 10PM. Whenever they get new sneakers they post them on their instagram account so follow them @solelabkw to stay updated on their collection.

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Fashion

Bloomingdale’s Opening Tomorrow

Bloomingdale’s are soft opening their first store tomorrow (Thursday, March 9) at 360 Mall. They were originally planning to open up early last month but due to technical issues, things got delayed. There isn’t any information on the Bloomingdale’s instagram account but you can follow the hashtag #bloomingdaleskuwait on instagram for updates.

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Fashion

The New Kuwait Airways Crew Uniforms

According to a source of mine, the Kuwait Airways flight attendants will start wearing their new uniforms starting next month. The new uniforms are supposedly by Armani and feature a number of different variations for the crew to choose from. Kuwait Airways posted the picture above on their instagram account but I was also able to get the images below that show the variations. If you’ve got clearer shots let me know since the ones below were photos taken off another phone.

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Fashion

Bloomingdale’s Opening February 1st

Bloomingdale’s will be opening at 360 Mall next month on February 1st. They posted a small animated video on the Bloomingdale’s Middle East instagram account announcing this date so it’s official. You can check it out [Here]

If you’re the curious type then you can also find some images of things taking place ahead of the launch by browsing through the hashtags #bloomiesloveskuwait or #bloomingdaleskuwait where people connected to the launch have been posting pictures.

Just a reminder, unlike in Dubai, Bloomingdale’s Kuwait will not have any menswear.

Update: Due to technical issues the launch has now been pushed back to March.

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Design Fashion Shopping

Brushed 965

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I tend not to post about instagram businesses mostly because the majority are not that interesting but, @brushed965 is one I think is actually pretty cool. For a price, Brushed 965 will customize your personal items like wallets, purses and sneakers by painting them. Its a great way of customizing a popular item like a Chanel or LV purse. Based on what I’ve seen on their instagram account, their work ranges from simple monograms to detailed illustrated designs like the one above.

If you’re interested to check out their work or to commission a job, check their instagram account is @brushed965

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Fashion Sneakers

Filling Pieces Available in Kuwait

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Filling Pieces is a cool Amsterdam based footwear label and there is now a small store in Kuwait that sells the brand. The shop is called “Sneaky” and although they don’t have a large collection from Filling Pieces, it’s a start. The shop also sells sneakers but that collection is also quite small. If you’re interested, the shop is located behind Starbucks next to the church in Kuwait City and heir instagram account is @sosneakyq8

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Fashion

AllSaints Now Open in Kuwait

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AllSaints, one of my favorite clothing stores has finally opened up in Kuwait. The UAE Majid Al Futtaim group brought the brand to Kuwait and opened their first location at 360 Mall. I passed by yesterday to check it out and I left somewhat disappointed. It’s by far the smallest AllSaints store I’ve ever been to which means we probably won’t be getting all their releases and it’s also the dullest looking AllSaints store as well.

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Price wise, everything is more expensive than their online store by exactly 17%. Below are some examples:

Braddock Bomber Jacket
Website: KD85
Kuwait: KD102

Luverne Short Sleeve Shirt
Website: KD34.5
Kuwait: KD41.5

Waycross Short Sleeve Shirt
Website: KD30
Kuwait: KD36

BIXBY Shirt
Website: KD34.5
Kuwait: KD41.5

So although AllSaints Kuwait is more expensive than in the UK, the bright side here is that it’s only 17% and not double the price like with the LEGO Store.

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Fashion

The Urban Analyst Sets the Record Straight

settingtherecord

Ten days ago when I posted about Taiba, the 15 year old fashion instagrammer whose work I really liked, a lot of people took to the comments to voice their disapproval. Some were extremely judgmental, others were just simply mean. I don’t know how people don’t see the possibilities Taiba has in the long run if she’s this good doing what she’s doing today. Even if you don’t see the talent in her work that’s fine, at least her parents can and are being very supportive which is what really matters. If my parents didn’t support my passion when I was 15 (which was mostly browsing the internet trying to find porn), I might never have become a blogger today.

In any case, Taiba decided to set the record straight on some of the accusations about her and she published a post over the weekend on her blog. If you’d like to see what she says, you can check out her post [Here]

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Fashion Shopping

Allsaints Coming to Kuwait in February

allsaints

Allsaints is one of my favorite fashion stores and they’re opening up in Kuwait next month. Their first location will be at 360 Mall right across from Nike where Desigual used to be located. It’s not Alshaya who are bringing them but instead the UAE company Majid Al Futtaim. Majid Al Futtaim are the same company that brought LEGO to Kuwait so I’m hoping the pricing scheme of Allsaints won’t follow LEGO’s formula which is just doubling the cost of everything.