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New Stores at Valley Fair

Kate Menne, Senior Photo Editor

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The tale of Zara begins long ago in Galiza, Spain, where eleven-year-old Rosalía Mera dropped out of school when she was eleven to work in a clothing store. Before long, she began to design gowns and clothing for her friends and herself.

As her clothes and style became more popular, she was struck with an idea. Mera, with the help of her then-husband Amancio Ortega Gaona, started Zara, a clothing store, after which she became the world’s wealthiest self-made female entrepreneur according to Forbes.

Zara has recently opened in Valley Fair. In the store, there are different clothing lines that embody different styles.For example, Trafaluc-which is slang for “I have to buy it now” in Spanish, is a more casual line. Studio is a fancier and more expensive line, aimed at professionals.

The clothes are trendy, but well made. Prices range from cheap to really expensive, but the products are fairly priced.  The clothes are fantastic, and are always on trend, because Zara controls all of the parts of making clothes-from designing to retail-so they can make a new product in 30 days, versus three to five months like a normal store.


Valley Fair has also opened its doors to Uniqlo, a Japanese store. Known for their well-made basics, Uniqlo specializes in lightweight down jackets and cashmere.  It was founded by Tadashi Yanai in 1984 and has been booming in recent years.

With stores in New York, Chicago and Boston, just to name a few, Uniqlo strives to make clothes that, “go beyond age, gender, occupation, ethnicity and all other ways that define people.”

Pres girls can pick up their famous down jackets to warm up or find some pretty pastel cashmere for spring.  Either way, Uniqlo, with its variety of style and quality of clothing, is sure to become a household name.

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