Yes! Uniqlo X J.W. Anderson Is Here

By Ana Colon

Jonathan Anderson is arguably one of the most hyped fashion designers in the industry right now. Even if you don’t know him by name, you’ll definitely recognize his work, from the pierced handbags from his namesake label, which have taken street style by storm, to his much-lauded overhaul of Spanish house Loewe. The 33-year-old has already had quite the lauded career, but he’s about to start on another chapter — and it’s a move that’ll make his more price-conscious admirers very happy: J.W. Anderson was announced as Uniqlo’s latest collaborator.

“When Uniqlo first approached me, I was very, very excited because I wear Uniqlo all the time,” Anderson explained to Refinery29 at a press preview. “J.W.Anderson has been going for ten years and I’ve been really fascinated by this idea of democratizing fashion or cultural activities within fashion and I wanted something which was a new type of normality… I wanted to open my eye to a different kind of design process. It was so exciting to boil things down to their essence.”

The designer created a capsule collection for the Japanese retailer’s LifeWear range for fall ’17. The concept behind this partnership is a celebration of British heritage, which Yuki Katsuta, senior vice president of Fast Retailing (Uniqlo’s parent company) and head of research and design at Uniqlo, believes Anderson exemplifies: “The British Isles constitute a treasure house of such apparel, with duffle coats and fisherman’s sweaters being just two examples,” Katsuta said. “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.”

In the past, Uniqlo has worked with major fashion names like Jil Sander, Carine Roitfeld, and Inès de la Fressange. “Collaborations are incredibly important in design,” Anderson said. “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… 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.”

Thankfully, the collection is much more wallet-friendly tan Anderson’s mainstay designs — the 33-piece collection ranges in price from $30 to $150 — so our virtual carts are about to be full. Click on to shop the offering before it sells out.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Ultra Light Down Jacket, $99.90, available at Uniqlo.

“In my own brand, I’ve never been able to master the puffer jacket because they’re very complex to make. Uniqlo’s puffer jackets are so light and that’s through amazing technology. I’ve always wanted to do a puffer and Uniqlo had the technique to execute it. We did a plaid one, we did a navy one and a red one, both men’s and women’s. I remember seeing the first sample and being so excited about seeing my name inside a puffer jacket.”

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Fair Isle Crew Sweater, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Trench Coat, $149.90, available at Uniqlo.

“Each piece has to be able to stand on its own. It has to have its own stability. It’s quite a hard process, but what’s amazing with the Uniqlo design team is they really helped to thrash out ideas. Fashion now is about more is more. What’s so modern about Uniqlo is that its about the detail; here is the essence of something but it’s going to fit right.”

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Denim Work Pants, $39.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Tweed Coat, $149.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Oversized Turtle Neck Sweater, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Denim Ruffle Wrap Skirt, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

“I only design the clothing, people make it come to life. The more you do this job you realize it’s about the power of people.”

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Graphic T-shirt, $14.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Ruffle Shirt, $29.90, available at Uniqlo.

“It’s been the most enjoyable process I’ve ever done because I love each piece. Both design teams worked incredibly hard, so that each piece was perfect.”

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Striped Short-sleeve T-shirt, $14.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Quilted Skirt, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Padded Backpack, $39.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Stripe Scarf, $19.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Padded Tote Bag, $29.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Cable Crew Neck Sweater, $39.90, available at Uniqlo.

“There’s nothing more exciting than walking down the street and seeing someone wearing something what you’ve been involved in, no matter if it’s an earring or a bag or a T-shirt. When you see it in broad daylight, there’s something more fascinating than seeing it on anyone famous. It’s the most humbling experience.”

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Ruffle Wrap Skirt, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Lambswool Graphic Crew Neck Sweater, $39.90, available at Uniqlo.

“As much as [an item] has my name in it, ultimately someone else buys it and they own it and through wearing it, it becomes something completely different. That’s what’s so amazing with fashion – yes, we can propose what people wear but ultimately it’s people who actually bring it to life.”

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Duffle Coat, $129.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Military Long-Sleeve Sweater, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Cable V Neck Long-sleeve Sweater, $39.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Stripe Crew Neck Long-sleeve Sweater, $39.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Cashmere Oversized Knit Long-Sleeve Dress, $129.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Stripe Wool Blended Pants, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Extra Fine Cotton Ruffle Long-sleeve Blouse, $29.90, available at Uniqlo.

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson Oversized Turtle Neck Long-sleeve Sweater, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.

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