One of the more bizarre posts I’ve made about gyaru brands and shop staff, Rady shop staff in Shinjuku Lumine EST were arrested and charged with stealing clothes.
Rady charisma shop staff HyeonJeong and Risa currently in jail for theft.
Rady shop staff thievery news
On February 3rd three Rady shop staff were arrested at the main Shinjuku Lumine EST store. The one I previously talked about as one of the most successful stores in Tokyo.
Those arrested were current employees and popular shop staff Ko HyeonJeong (高賢貞) and Katsumata Risa (勝又里紗). Along with former staff member Kaida Ren (海江田廉) a guy.
All three together including former shop staff Kaida Ren.
Formal police layout to show the clothing they took.
Taking around 25 coats and jackets worth about 10,000 USD
They were arrested for taking 1.1 million yen (around 10,000USD) worth of clothing last November through December from the Shinjuku Lumine Est warehouse in the basement below. Taking mostly big items like coats and jackets. The news program reports the items mostly coming from Hysteric Glamour which is a pricey denim and casual brand.
It has come out during the investigation that they have looted various warehouses and clothing thought to total 5 million yen ($45,000USD) starting in Spring 2014.
They realized they could enter a warehouse as long as they said they were shop staff and take whatever. They always took clothing from stores other than Rady.
According to a news report the people are reported as doing it solely for money.
“I wanted some extra cash.” says Risa
In a statement they said they wanted some extra cash and their regular salary wasn’t cutting it. They made the money by reselling the clothes to thrift stores. The news program reports reselling mostly to a used store in Shimokitazawa.
Despite the glamorous appearance of shop staff, Rady Shop staff who work there only get paid around 880 yen an hour. For those curious HyeonJeong’s instagram.
Risa being arrested
HyeonJeong being taken away.
A news report about the thefts.
Shinjuku Lumine EST Rady closing
Rady’s parent company SMBrand issued a formal apology on February 4th but it’s been silent since then. Yesterday February 21st Rady announced on their official blog post that they were closing their Shinjuku Lumine EST store. They have also wiped out any trace of HyeonJeong, Risa and Ren from the shop staff ameblo.
Founder and designer Shizuka Mutoh wrote that the Shinjuku Lumine EST store will be closed because of this business. The Omotesando store will stay open as well as the Osaka location. She aims to make the Omotesando location the jewel of the brand. I have a blog post coming with Rady Tokyu Plaza Omotesando shop staff and I’ll show off the store!
This is a big blow to Rady. It’s their most expensive store and was only renewed a few months ago.
The glass casing around the chandelier print was actually their dressing room that fogs up when someone uses it.
Along with that there were 2 video walls and Swarovski decoed earphones in Rady prints.
Good luck Rady and good riddance thieves.
A big thanks to Oneegyaru lover Charlotte keeping up with the story and updating on the closure.
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