Talk about a clash of cultures! Former Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire, who left the Paris-based design house last year to focus on his eponymous label, is teaming up with fast fashion giant, Uniqlo. "We have always dreamt to work with Uniqlo," said Lemaire and his design partner Sarah-Linh Tran in a joint statement today. "Uniqlo designs qualitative and made-for-all garments for everyday life, is also our approach to fashion and the philosophy of Lemaire." According to British Vogue, the collaboration will incorporate menswear and womenswear and will be available at all Uniqlo stores, as well as online, beginning this fall - something that Tadashi Yanai, chairman of Fast Retailing (Uniqlo's parent company), is very excited about. "Lemaire's approach to design respects individuality and merges perfectly with the Uniqlo lifewear philosophy, aimed at making life better," he said. "I myself am really looking forward to getting a glimpse of the results of our tie up, and am thrilled that we are able to bring it to our customers around the world."
In other Uniqlo news, the Japanese brand is slated to launch a special collection of the greatest hits from one of its former collaborations, the one with Jil Sander … again. The “Best Of +J” collection will hit stores for Spring/Summer on May 9th, on the heels of continued overwhelming customer demand.