Model Press did a new article that’s been years in the making about the Shop Staff Unit Boom (ショップ店員ユニット / Shop Tenin Unit) (article link). I’d like to summarize their article and also expand on it.
Since 1990 with the charisma shop staff trend it’s carried into these groups of Units. This has especially grown with a lot of older brands like Liz Lisa, Laguna Moon and Rienda whose producers are still popular specifically in Laguna Moon and Rienda’s case but they’re both in their 30s. So the shop staff unit is closer to the target age range of the group.
Model Press says that the various styles of each charisma staff are blended and fans of the brand can pick out a specific charisma girl to admire and aspire to. The article also says the clothes they were tend to sell out faster.
Model Press spotlights in particular Rienda Girls (blog), which was founded in May of 2010 and have since appeared in print ads, commercials, events, store openings and magazines for the brand. Rienda Girls blog can have as many as 30,000 hits a day and has been in the top 50 of the celebrity blog rankings of Japanese megablog site ameblo.jp. Being as high as 10th in the fashion category ranking of celebrity blogs.
Blog commenters ask “What’s your diet?” “What eyelashes are you wearing?” (Rienda recently came out with their own brand) and “When will what you’re wearing be sold?”
They’ve since produced circle lens (tomorrow’s post!) and eyelashes which keep selling out at popular retailer Donki.
Previously the auditions were in secret, but recently they’ve held auditions for the third wave of Rienda Girls and 30,000 people voted on the top 5 to get into Rienda Girls. Former Rienda girls are now working on the apparel side and traveling overseas to work on the brand.
The main Rienda Girls are Mami Ishioka – Shibuya 109 staff, Asami Nakagawasai – Shel’lter Tokyo staff, Mika Shindate – Shinjuku Lumine EST staff, Eri Ishizuka – Omiya Arche Staff, Rina Kojima – Osaka Shinsaibashi OPA staff
Rienda Girl Mami Ishioka showing off a beautiful Spring maxi onepiece.
Other shop staff units:
Jouetie (Jouetie Angels) – staff: Yuiko, Madoka, Reiko & Yuri – blog
Cocolulu (Coco Girls) – model group: Anan, Chamko, Ikuchamu – previous post
and loose units: Murua, Dazzlin, Mercury Duo, Cecil McBee, and Emoda