Uniqlo has mastered the ability to partner with some of the fashion world's leading figures in design and style, and the Japanese global retailer's latest get is a good one. On Wednesday, the brand announced its upcoming collaboration with Jonathan Anderson for its LifeWear line. (Previously, Uniqlo teamed up with Carine Roitfeld on three successful LifeWear collections.) As for Anderson, he'll create men's and women's items for Fall 2017, which will be available online and at Uniqlo stores worldwide.
The award-winning, Northern Irish designer is no stranger to collaboration, which is highlighted through his namesake label's J.W. Anderson Workshops, a creative space based in London. Past partnerships have included capsule collections and exhibitions with A$AP Rocky, editor and publisher Luis Venegas, photographer Ian David Baker and ceramic artist Joanna Wason, among others.
"Collaborations are incredibly important in design," said Anderson in an official 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.
"Much of the clothing we wear today has a long history, and many styles originated from uniforms or work wear. The British Isles constitute a treasure house of such apparel, with duffle coats and fisherman's sweaters being just two examples," added Yuki Katsuta, UNIQLO's Senior Vice President of Fast Retailing and Head of Research and Design. "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."
Excuse us while we prepare to stock up on nicely-designed duffle coats and fisherman's sweaters for fall.