It's official: Christophe Lemaire joins Uniqlo
Not to say that the first two Uniqlo and Lemaire collaborations bombed; in fact, the collections by Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tranh of Lemaire were so successful that the Japanese LifeWear brand has just appointed Christophe as artistic director of the newly established Uniqlo Paris R&D Center. He will be spearheading the new Uniqlo U line, which is set to launch worldwide this Autumn/Winter '16.
"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,' said Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing, Uniqlo’s parent company.
Uniqlo U will reflect the brand's core LifeWear philosophy of providing versatile, comfortable clothing for all, injected with innovations and refinement. The collection has been created with Lemaire's dedicated Paris team and will be unveiled during Paris couture week in early July. Just one more month to go, hang in there.