Uniqlo and Disney are taking their relationship to the next level. Since 2009, the Japanese retailer has produced t-shirts and hoodies featuring classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, but this fall it will expand the collaboration in a new line called "Magic For All."
The expanded collection will include fleeces, flannel shirts, umbrellas, plush toys and more, and features characters from the "Star Wars" series, "Toy Story," "The Avengers" and "Frozen." It will debut for the first time at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., on August 14, a bi-annual event for Disney fans.
Meanwhile, Uniqlo is working on a dedicated concept store for the collection at its global flagship in Shanghai, set to open at the end of September. Other locations around the world will have sections dedicated to Disney, too, but none will be more well-placed than Uniqlo's forthcoming Lake Buena Vista, Florida, store due to open in the spring. As the retailer's first store in the southeaster U.S., it will "house the brand's assortment of 'Magic for All' offerings" and capitalize on the 62 million people who travel to the Walt Disney World Resort attractions every year.
Uniqlo currently has 42 locations in the U.S. and is planning to open three more stores in Boston, Seattle and Chicago this year. The fall season will also see the launch of a 40-piece collection with Carine Roitfeld. In the past the retailer has worked with Jil Sander, Ines de la Fressange and Christophe Lemaire.
This isn't Disney's only notable fashion collaboration this year, either. The company partnered with Marc by Marc Jacobs for an "Alice in Wonderland" holiday collection due in stores on Nov. 1.