Tokyo Shoppers Strip to Win Free Clothing

by Bidita Debnath on  June 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Hoping to win free clothing as part of a promotional giveaway, Tokyo shoppers stripped down to the bare essentials.
Tokyo Shoppers Strip to Win Free Clothing
Tokyo Shoppers Strip to Win Free Clothing

The "semi-naked party" was hosted by Barcelona-based retailer Desigual, who handed out free clothes to around a hundred customers dressed in swimsuits and underwear at its flagship shop in Tokyo.

Desigual, founded in 1984 and famous for its colourful patchwork designs, has staged similar events in Barcelona, Paris, New York and other fashion capitals ahead of major sales campaigns, but never before in Asia.

About 350 people had queued outside the shop in the upscale Harajuku district, some of them waiting in line since the night before, under cloudy skies in the middle of a rainy season.

But only 100 of them, aged 18 or older, were admitted to the event starting at 10:00 am on a first-come, first-served basis.

They merrily stripped to next to nothing, many of the women sporting bikinis, at a cafe near the shop and wore multi-coloured kimono-like bathrobes and beige hats provided by the company. They were given churros and vitamin water for breakfast as they waited for the door to open.

After a countdown they threw away the bathrobes and made a beeline for the three-storey shop.

Each customer was allowed to come out wearing two products, one top and one bottom.

"I'm here because I thought it's fun to come in swimsuits," said 26-year-old Tomomi Sasa, an unemployed Tokyo woman, before entering the shop. "I haven't decided what to take home."

The company has nine wholly owned shops in Japan and the flagship shop was established last December.

Source: AFP

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