On the heels of their 2015/2016 collaboration, Japanese fast fashion giant, Uniqlo, has tapped designer Christophe Lemaire to be the artistic director of a new Uniqlo Paris Research and Development Centre and to design a new affordable line called, Uniqlo U. The former Hermès creative director, who now works primarily on his Paris-based eponymous label with fellow designer, Sarah-Linh Tran, will debut the Uniqlo U collection during Paris Couture Week in early July. It will hit retail stores for the Fall/Winter 2016 season.
"I am delighted to welcome Mr. Christophe Lemaire as a member of the Uniqlo team. I have time and again been astonished by his outstanding talent in working together to create the Uniqlo and Lemaire collection. I look forward to seeing more of the innovations that he inspires, and I am confident that his tremendous experience and talent will thrive at Uniqlo," Tadashi Yanai — chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's parent company — told Business of Fashion.