Here's a welcome bit of good news in the most uncertain retail environment that The Shophound has ever experienced. Japanese based retailer UNIQLO is relaunching its beloved +J collaboration with the designer Jil Sander (pictured at left). Announced via an interview with the designer in the chain's LifeWear Magazine, the resurrected label will reappear this Fall with new collections for men and women. That's certainly enough to wake us from our coronavirus summer limbo stupor. Little other information is forthcoming beyond preview images of a women's Hybrid Down Jacket with a flaring silhouette and a crisp, oversized white cotton shirt, one of the designer's signature items (pictured below).
The original collaboration ran from 2009 through the Fall/Winter 2011 season with a brief "greatest hits" revival in 2014. It proved to be a huge hit with Uniqlo's customers, and was the first project for Sander after exiting the luxury label that bears her name -the first time. It's not unusual for Sander to come and go from these collections at her whim. She returned to her eponymous label twice after +J ended. It must be noted, as always, that Uniqlo's collaboration is with the designer Jil Sander, not the brand which continues to be designed by Lucie and Luke Meier, and has once again been gaining traction among luxury customers in recent seasons. Since reaching a peak with +J, Uniqlo has continued and expanded its high-end team-up strategy with varied designers, brands and fashion figures like JW Anderson, Ines de la Fressange, Carine Roitfeld, Michael Bastian and Engineered Garments among others. Designer Christophe Lemaire's, capsule collections led the designer to an ongoing position as creative director for the more advanced UNIQLO U collection which will drop its latest offerings on September 17. The Shophound will keep our eye on this developing story, and will post a launch date (mid-October?) as soon as we have one.
Hello Jil (Uniqlo LifeWear Magazine)
Images: Uniqlo Click images for a larger gallery view