TOKYO - MARCH 17: Designer Jil Sander (L) and Tadashi Yanai (R), Chairman and CEO, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. pose for photographs during a press conference at Four Seasons Hotel Chinzanso on March 17, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. Sander closes the design consultation contract with Uniqlo band, a Japanese casual wear retail chain owned and developed by Fast Reailing. New products supervised by Sander will be on sale from Autumn 2009. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
Uniqlo parent company Fast Retailing appealed to the perfectionist minimalist Sander in their precise methods and vision towards the future -- not to mention, they're, ahem, fast -- no small feat for Sander, who is known within the industry for her impeccable high standards. The two parties have undergone extensive negotiations to reach the current agreement, which will produce a third collection for fall/winter 2010 and beyond.
Sander recently became the first non-Japanese to win the Editor's Club of Japan Designer of the Year award and will presumably phase into a director role over all men's and women's apparel at Uniqlo, and has plans to launch bags and footwear eventually.
In an interesting move, Sander also revealed she wasn't sure if or when she'd return to her original high fashion niche, preferring instead the universality of the Uniqlo collaboration.