UNIQLO has tapped British designer Celia Birtwell to create a capsule collection featuring the designer’s signature bold prints on t-shirts, tunic vests, shirts, jeggings, pajama pants, culottes, tote bags and scarves. The British textile designer fuses her iconic vintage and contemporary prints with UNIQLO’s modern Japanese global style to create a collection fit for spring. Prices range from $9.90 to $39.90 and will be available at all UNIQLO stores and www.uniqlo.com on March 11th.
British designer Lulu Guinness launched a new collaboration with UNIQLO as a part of the Spring 2012 UT collection. The tees were inspired by the designer’s brand icons and images, there are 12 super cute designs to choose from. The collection hit US UNIQLO stores Monday, April 23rd and retails for $19.90. GO GET IT!! Do you like the collection?
Back in July, UNIQLO announced the new collaborative project with UNDERCOVER by Jun Takahashi which is slated to release this Spring. For those of you (me included) that are anticipating to see what the collection would look like, here’s a look at the campaign. Quirky campaign, I like! The UU collection is made for everyone and will be debuting in 11 countries on March 16th. I can’t wait to see the full lookbook.
UU: clothing for the families of today. It is the unity of UNIQLO’s high-quality, basic clothing and the UNDERCOVER line of street-influences, high-end fashion. It represents modern family style, and seeks to inspire the world from Tokyo.
UNIQLO Innovation Project, its back for its second season and launching on Monday, January 16th at all three UNIQLO Manhattan locations. New to this season is the water repellent and wind blocking Light Pocketable Parka which folds into its own built-in pocket. The block tech jacket is also improved this season by providing durable wind and water resistance along with a special breathable function. These are just two of the items in the UNIQLO Innovation Project, the men’s and women’s Pocketable Parka retails for $49.90.
This idea is pretty amazing, The High Line and UNIQLO teamed up for a new outdoor roller-skating rink opening Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, 2011. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first two days of operation thanks to UNIQLO.
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in partnership with HWKN, the High Line Rink comprises 8,000 square feet within The Lot, a temporary public plaza below the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. Orange and white construction barriers illuminated by interior lighting mark the boundaries of the skating area, and the rink’s asphalt floor is painted with a white, geometric pattern that responds to the white grid painted on the area surrounding the rink. Along the rink, there is bench seating constructed with original steel beams that were removed from the High Line during the transformation of the structure into a public park.
Not only can you skate, you can also shop the UNIQLO Cube offering 100% cashmere in a large array of colors, ultra light down jackets, Heattech, UNIQLO T-Shirts which feature collaborative designs from popular Japanese manga characters, Barbie and the Save Japan! Project. The UNIQLO Cube at the High Line Roller Rink kicks off an exciting campaign that will spread the UNIQLO brand message, Made For All, across the metropolitan area.
Between July 28 and September 26, the High Line Rink will be open daily, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday through Saturday. Regular admission to the High Line Rink will cost $10 for children under age 13 and $12 for adults. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The admission fee will be waived for non-skating parents or guardians accompanying children under age 13. The admission fee will include a pair of rental skates, and will not be waived for guests who would like to use their own roller-skates and roller-blades. The High Line Rink will be operated by Friends of the High Line and United Skates of America.
I’m definitely stopping by, sounds super cool!
After three years working together, Uniqlo and Jil Sander are parting ways.
“With the recent completion of the design of the fall and winter collection, Ms. Sander and Uniqlo agreed that they had fully explored the possibilities of their creative collaboration and accomplished what they had set out to do. Consequently, the two parties have decided to wrap up their design consulting agreement with this collection,” Uniqlo said in a release.
Jil Sander designed Uniqlo’s popular +J line for Uniqlo. The collection, especially the outerwear, was really good and really affordable so we’re sad to see it go. One time a friend accidentally grabbed a men’s large version of her J+ wool coat after a late night at a bar and she loved it so much she had it tailored to fit her again and wore it lovingly the whole winter. (Funnier part of the story is that her friend went home with the guy whose coat she had stolen and he was super pissed about losing his Jil Sander for Uniqlo coat–”It looks like a girl’s coat but it’s not!” he insisted.)
The German designer was originally brought on by the Japanese mass retailer to oversee their men’s and women’s apparel, as well as design her own line for the store, but ended up working only on her own line for the retailer, J+, according to WWD.
Fashion has been generous and compassionate towards Japan in wake of the country’s recent disasters, but no company so much as Uniqlo, whose chairman and CEO donated $12 million of his own money to relief efforts. In addition to millions of dollars more in clothes and funds that the company donated, it’s now teaming up with an A-list group of designers and celebs to do the now-ubiquitous T-shirt design collaboration.
According to a release sent out by the retailer, ten designers and celebs created t-shirts, with proceeds benefiting the Japanese Red Cross. The high profile celebs include Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Alber Elbaz, Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Cyndi Lauper, Victoria Beckham, and Orlando Bloom.
The shirts will retail for $19.90 and are available starting June 25. We’re partial to Alber’s hearts, Gaga’s characters, and Karl’s wash of color.