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After stepping down as creative director of Hermes last year, Christophe Lemaire decided to focus on his namesake label, Lemaire, with co-designer Sarah-Linh Tran. But then Uniqlo came knocking, and the opportunity to meld Lemaire's pared-down designs with the Japanese retailer's basics made too much sense to pass up.
"Lemaire's approach to design respects individuality and merges perfectly with the Uniqlo lifewear philosophy, aimed at making life better," Tadashi Yanai, chairman of Fast Retailing (the company that owns Uniqlo), said in a statement. "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."
The collaboration, which includes menswear and womenswear, will launch sometime this fall, WWD reports. And while neither party has revealed any specifics, we can only imagine the lineup will be full of Uniqlo's button-downs, cropped pants, and pea coats in Lemaire's slouchy "I own a gallery" silhouettes.