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WHO.A.U

22 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001 40.749091 -73.986389
nr. 5th Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-594-5632 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Products & Services: Handbags, Jewelry, Men's Hats, Men's Shoes, Ties, Women's Hats, Women's Shoes, etc.
Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Official Website

whoau.com

Hours

: Mon-Wed, 9:30am-9pm; Thu-Sat, 9:30am-10pm; Sun, 10am-8pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at 15th St.-Prospect Park

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide

Accessories

  • Ties
  • Handbags
  • Men's Hats
  • Women's Hats
  • Jewelry
  • Men's Shoes
  • Women's Shoes

Children

  • Teen/Preteen Fashion

Clothing

  • Athletic
  • Menswear
  • Swimwear
  • Womenswear

Special Features

  • Tailoring In-Store
  • Open After 9pm (at least 3 days a week)

Profile

This South Korean export has built its brand around a loose conception of everything California. Having saturated the South Korean market, WHO.A.U (which stands for Who Are You) expanded to the U.S. in 2007; the 34th Street store is its first Manhattan outpost. Inside the 4,000 square foot space, the California theme is everywhere. A lifeguard chair and fake palm trees greet shoppers as they enter, along with pumping dance music and a bear holding a surfboard, the brand’s mascot (and a nod to the California flag). Surfboards stand between polo shirts, board shorts, flower print dresses, and flip-flops, and the number 1849, a reference to the year of the California gold rush, shows up on many of the clothes. Across from the registers is the store’s most popular feature, the Patch Polo Shop, where shoppers, who range from tourists to a college-age crowd, can choose from a variety of patches and have their new clothes customized (or their own ripped jeans fixed) in-store within 4 hours. The Hollister-esque wares also extend to cotton blazers and the stacks of jeans near the dressing rooms, where all the denim, of course, is heavily pre-worn.

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