Urban Outfitters opened this past Saturday, November 29th in the Hyatt Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. The 2-story 13,000 square foot store is part of the hotel’s Pualeilani Atrium Shops, with its main entrance on the busy street corner of Kalakaua and Kaiulani Avenue.
Established in 1970, now with over 400 stores globally under its parent umbrella, Pennsylvania-based and publicly-traded Urban Outfitters offers a curated mix of men and women’s clothing, accessories and home products, notably catering to a “hipster” culture aimed at the 18 to 30 year old demographic.
Also exclusive to the Waikiki store is a Local Made pop-up featuring designers and artists who are either Hawaii-based or Hawaii-born and/or raised, such as creations by Quality Peoples, a.wattz dezigns, Roam Hawaii, Moving Mountains, Cassandra Rull and Samudra.
Adding to that, Hawaii artist Kristin Farr has been commissioned to create an original mural and tote bag designs.
According to multiple sources, Pacific Business News reports Urban Outfitters high-end women’s fashion brand store, Anthropologie are in the works of opening its first Hawaii store at Ala Moana Center.
While the Urban Outfitters Waikiki grand opening was on Saturday, UOW held a VIP pre-opening party the night before on Black Friday, inviting guests from local mainstream and online media, including yours truly, along with folks in the local fashion and arts industry.
The Friday night pre-party featured chic Vietnamese eats and cocktails from The Pig and The Lady, a live DJ and band, fashion show, as well as displays by shark conservationists and art collaborators PangeaSeed, and botanical boutique Paiko Hawaii.
Following are photos I took at the Urban Outfitters Waikiki Black Friday Night pre-opening party. Enjoy. ;-)
The brand spankin’ new UOW store is very, very nice and welcoming, as are the staff. There were some men’s wear I’d definitely get for myself, and I did hear positive responses from the ladies about the clothing and accessories they had to offer.
I also must say the chic Vietnamese grindz from The Pig and the Lady were AWESOME! So ono! You folks MUST try that place, located on King Street in Downtown Honolulu (also at the KCC Farmers Market). That P&L Porchetta Banh Mi and Hamachi Tartare were especially THE BOMB! Being everything was complimentary, I REALLY had to restrain myself from, ehem, “pigging out” on those two dishes alone!
There’s TONS more photos taken of the merchandise and displays around the store that I’ll be adding to this post in the next few days, so please check back. I’ll let ya’ all know in comments when those are added.
Huge mahalos to the folks at Urban Outfitters Waikiki for inviting The Tasty Island to your most fantastic pre-opening party, and here’s to great success of your new first home in Hawaii!