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After three solid years, Jil Sander and Uniqlo have decided to call it quits on the +J line after the upcoming fall/winter collection. And it looks like the split-of-the-century was mutual. WWD reports that in a press release, Uniqlo stated: "...Ms. Sander and [Uniqlo] agreed that they had fully explored the possibilities of their creative collaboration and accomplished what they had set out to do."
Sander had signed a designer consulting agreement with Uniqlo back in 2009, and was initially also supposed to oversee just about all of Uniqlo's product lines. However, +J became the focal point after several successful seasons. Things did seem a little ominous, though, when last season's collection received some heavy markdowns, and now it looks like Uniqlo will have to put some extra gusto into their next bout of designer collaborations to make up for the loss.
· Jil Sander, Uniqlo Part Ways [WWD, subscription req'd]