uniqlo announces collaborative collection with j.w.anderson
The Northern Irish designer is set to blend his unique aesthetic with the Japanese tech wizardry of Uniqlo for a men’s and women’s collection set to arrive in the fall.
Uniqlo has announced its next designer collaboration will be with Loewe creative director and designer of his eponymous label, J.W.Anderson. Touting Anderson's British design heritage, the Japanese casual brand will take care of the fabric tech through its LifeWear concept for the collection of men's and womenswear. The collab will drop in stores for the fall/winter 17 season.
"Collaborations are incredibly important in design," Jonathan Anderson comments in a statement. "When I think of Uniqlo, I think of things that are perfectly made, that people have spent a lot of time considering; it's a difficult job, and I think Uniqlo does it very well. Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it's nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels."
Yuki Katsuta, Senior VP of Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's parent company, and Head of Research and Design at Uniqlo, adds, "Much of the clothing we wear today has a long history, and many styles originated from uniforms or workwear. The British Isles constitute a treasure house of such apparel, with duffle coats and fisherman's sweaters being just two examples. In partnering with J.W.Anderson, one of Britain's most innovative and creative brands, we will tap into traditions while pursuing progress in designs and fabrics, to craft styles that are enduringly appealing".
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Lily Bertrand-Webb