J.W. Anderson partners with Uniqlo
His first collection with the brand will arrive this autumn
Irish designer Jonathan Anderson is collaborating with Japanese retailer Uniqlo on a collection, out in autumn this year. The designer, who also helms Loewe and his eponymous label J.W. Anderson, will create a capsule collection for Uniqlo's LifeWear range inspired by British-heritage motifs.
"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," said Yuki Katsuta, senior vice president of Fast Retailing (Uniqlo's parent company) and head of research and design at Uniqlo. "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."
"Collaborations are incredibly important in design," said Anderson 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 do 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."
Anderson isn't the only designer to have joined forces with Uniqlo; other fashion designers and personalities like Jil Sander, Carine Roitfeld and Inès de la Fressange have worked with the Japanese retailer, while Christophe Lemaire is currently the artistic director of the Uniqlo U line.