We may not have the most bracing winter weather, but Uniqlo's lightweight, understated outerwear (above) is ideal for fending off the morning chill particularly fits three-quarter sleeve down jackets and layerable lambswool merino, and cashmere cardigans. The Japanese brand opens its first West Coast flagship October 4th. (111 Powell St., near Ellis St.)
Men's and women's clothier Aether Apparel--previously known for its touring airstream trailer--will unveil a towering store at Proxy (432 Octavia St., near Fell St.), constructed from three stacked 8-by-40-foot shipping containers. Plans for the unconventional, glass-encased storefront include an outdoor garden and a clever (if inconvenient) conveyor-belt system overhead for displaying the brand's insulated jackets and knits.
Turtle & Hare
Husband-and-wife "slow craft" furniture builders Chris Weiss and Monica Reskala of MRCW Design will launch their first stand-alone store, Turtle & Hare (100 Grand Ave., near Webster St., Suite 101), showcasing solid black acacia, cypress, and walnut tables and lamps built from local lumber.
On October 14, Target introduces its fourth CityTarget outpost at the Metreon (789 Mission St., near 4th St., 2nd Floor). The spin-off concept is tailored to the desires of the urban shopper: designer collaborations without the suburban schlep, as well as a pharmacy and grocery store (beer and wine included), apartment-sized packaging, and an in-store Starbucks.
Hermes will turn over its Union Square boutique (125 Grant St., near Maiden Lane, 415-397-7200) entirely to its fall 2012 men's collection for one week, October 19-24. Though not everyone can pull off that trendy velvet oxblood suit, you'll find seasonal staples like leather boots and heavy-twill ties.