We’ve been looking forward to this for a few months now and Uniqlo has finally released looks at their recently-announced collaboration with UNDERCOVER of Japan. The UNDERCOVER for Uniqlo Spring/Summer 2012 “UU” capsule collection succeeds Uniqlo’s collab with Jil Sander’s J+ label which ended this winter. This is a bit more comprehensive and looks to appeal to the entire family as looks at offerings for men, women, and children are highlighted throughout the imagery. Expect some season-appropriate florals and striped goods as well as a solid lineup of blazers, hoodies, chinos and leather jackets. Jun Takahasi and wife and partner RICO did an exceptional job designing the line. Look for the “UU” capsule collection to launch on March 16 through the Uniqlo Ginza global flagship store in Tokyo before rolling out to 32 Japanese doors and 11 international locations shortly thereafter.
We’re just days away from Uniqlo opening the doors to their second flagship store, this time invading Fifth Avenue in New York City. The 89,000 sq. ft. space is vast and will look to further advance the brand’s progress here in the states. Uniqlo will be unveiling new partnerships and activities in the weeks ahead to celebrate the opening. We’ve already heard about their outdoor roller skating rink in Meatpacking and we’re sure there will be other events of the sort coming up as well. The store opens on October 14 (this Friday), while Uniqlo is opening their third American store at NYC’s 34th Street just a week later on October 21st. (via GQ)
Though we haven’t gotten shots of the entire lookbook just yet, here’s a sneak peek at what Uniqlo’s +J line will carry for its final run. The olive pea coat is a must have and would be a great way to see this collaboration off right. Well-fitting knits and warm fabrics seem to be leading the way for fall and with good reason. Expect this one to be a hit from the launch.
We’ve attached shots from the women’s campaign as well.
Selectism turns us to UNIQLO’s latest venture in Manhattan. Outside of building out a second flagship store in NYC, they’re looking to really impact the community with the High Line Rink. The Japanese retailer has teamed up with “Friends of the Highline” for this roller skating rink installation, the only open-air rink in Manhattan. It’s presented by UNIQLO as “part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first two days of operation thanks to UNIQLO.”
The 8,000 sq/ft High Line Rink will be open from July 28 to September 26 and will be located within The Lot at West 30 Street and 10th Avenue.
All good things must come to an end, folks and that is the only thing that explains news stating Uniqlo and Jil Sander’s +J collection will end its course after the Fall/Winter 2011 season. Sander’s minimalistic approach to design went mass market just two years ago at extremely accessible price points and we hope Uniqlo is able to craft more partnerships in the near future.
Uniqlo has dropped their Fall 2011 lookbook giving us a look at some of their pieces for the season’s collection as well as some styling tips to pull the product together. The brand’s focusing in on activewear and some of the season’s essentials such as fleece outerwear and flannel shirts.
We’ve gotten our hands on the Uniqlo +J S/S 2011 lookbook and have to say we’re quite impressed with the upcoming collection. “The line gets much more technical than in previous seasons and we especially like the outerwear offering. Of course you also get a nice choice of well cut shirts, knitwear, pants and some accessories.”
The collection releases on January 26th. (via Highs Nobiety)
Continuing on their project from last summer, Uniqlo’s calendar for the winter has gone live on their site. It’s an online widget providing seasonal videos, music and images of Uniqlo merchandise. The latest version can be displayed as a screensaver, a calendar on the PC desktop, embedded in blogs, and shared as a musical greeting card.
Check out the Uniqlo Calendar here.
Ah, while the majority of people are still recovering from the hype of Uniqlo‘s debut collaboration with Jil Sander, the duo’s already announced an S/S collection set to launch next month. January 14th will be the launch date, with two other rounds throughout the S/S 2010 season. Prices will be consistent with what we saw in the fall collection. Expect outerwear to peak at about $150 and everything else to be under that.
Full Press Release after the jump. (more…)