Jil Sander and Uniqlo Forge a Lasting Marriage

After two successful J+ Jil Sander for Uniqlo collections, the meticulous high fashion maven and Japanese fast-fasthion chain Uniqlo have agreed to work together indefinitely

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. 

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