Uniqlo Names Christophe Lemaire as Artistic Director

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The previous collaborator also gets a new line to design, Uniqlo U.

In a year of near countless fashion departures and appointments, the Japanese brand Uniqlo is joining the conversation. On Thursday it announced a more formal relationship with designer Christophe Lemaire, who first collaborated on the Uniqlo and Lemaire collection, which debuted in October.

The Frenchman, who previously held positions at Lacoste and Hermès, has been appointed the artistic director of a newly established Uniqlo Paris R&D Center. In addition, he will design his own collection, Uniqlo U, in conjunction with his dedicated Paris team. The first showing of the new label is expected in the City of Light in early July, launching worldwide for the fall/winter season.

All these new gains come without any losses. According to Uniqlo’s statement, Lemaire will continue his eponymous label alongside his partner Sarah-Linh Tran as well. She was by his side on the previous collaborations, which were critically acclaimed in the fashion world.

In a release, Lemaire commented, "In working on the Uniqlo and Lemaire collection I found Uniqlo’s commitment to product development, high quality and teamwork truly impressive and inspirational. It is a challenge and a joy for me to be part of the team designing Uniqlo LifeWear — everyday clothing that resonates with people worldwide."