Breaking news: Uniqlo and J.W. Anderson come together for a major collab

Breaking news: Uniqlo and J.W. Anderson come together for a major collab

Can hardly wait

Text: Jolene Khor

And that's how you put two and two together. The collection, predicted to send fans into a frenzy, is set for fall/winter 2017

The other shoe has dropped.

Uniqlo has confirmed its latest major collaboration, and it is with none other than J.W. Anderson, designer extraordinaire. 32-year-old Jonathan Anderson — who heads his eponymous label and Loewe's design team — joins an impressive Rolodex of creatives who have worked with the retail powerhouse for sold-out collections, including Helmut Lang, Carine Roitfelt and Lemaire, with the chief of the latter, Christophe Lemaire, joining the Japanese label officially as artistic director last year.

"Collaborations are incredibly important in design," shares Anderson, whose last high street mashup (with Topshop in 2012) led to record-breaking sales. "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 Vice President of Fast Retailing and Head of Research and Design at Uniqlo says, "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 trove of such apparel, with duffle coats and fisherman's sweaters being just two examples." He continues, "In partnering with JW 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."

The Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson collection will see both men's and women's items, and will be released in stores and online in fall/winter 2017.


Are we there yet?