Wednesday, December 27, 2006

BR4 On the Move

Just as the high-speed rail trains look like they're about to get moving, look what's happening. The new Sogo BR4 on top of the Chunghsiao-Fuhsing MRT station in Taipei is holding its first open "test" day this coming Friday, December 29, just in time for the long New Year weekend.
They waited so late that many clothing items will immediately go into sales, with discounts of up to 50 percent. For some brands, it doesn't matter the department store took such a long time to get off the ground. Chanel and Hermes won't open their boutiques until March, though the latter will do that with the launch of a Birkin bag with diamonds.
More down-to-earth brands at the new green giant Sogo - the United Daily News writes it's 50 bigger than the old white one - include Burberry, Versace, Martin Margiela, Dolce & Gabbana, and Hogan, part of the Tod's group. Yohji Yamamoto will sell two types of exclusive T-shirts at 6,280 NT dollars each, and there are only 50 of each available, the newspaper says. So you know from my little adventure at the Breeze Center's Marc Jacobs store what that means, don't you.
And I won't be there for the Sogo's glorious first day, because I'm off to another Southeast Asian shopping paradise: Bangkok. Guess what the inspiration was for the new Sogo, according to the United Daily News? The Siam Paragon.


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