Following up last summer’s ultra popular Kaws UT capsule collection, Uniqlo has hit up Futura for a series of collaborative graphic tees. Fans of the street artist will recognize familiar prints including the point man, atoms and his signature hand-style on the tees. The release is set for March and should retail around the $15 mark if past UT collabs have been any indication. My personal favorite is the paint drip tees with his familiar script on the back.
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As part of Uniqlo’s summer 2016 UT (Unique T-shirt) collection, the Japanese fast fashion retailer has teamed up with street artist KAWS on a series of tees printed with iconic graphics by the artist. The graphics include illustrations of the Companion character which serve as the centerpiece of the capsule. Also present are his signature heart and cloud motifs and his xx branding. Mostly a collection of t-shirts, there are also a few tote bags in the mix.
To commemorate the occasion Uniqlo’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Store in New York City will debut the line, with a special presentation of KAWS artwork over the years. Prices for the items range from $14.90 USD to $19.90 USD. The capsule will launch online in the US on April 22.
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The second season of the collaboration between Christophe Lemaire and Uniqlo was released with a little less fanfare than the original collection. Now that it’s been out for a little while, there’s still some products from the initial drop left. One simple outerwear piece worth looking into is this cotton parka with button closure and two large front pockets. The style is available in four colors, scoop it while it’s still at sale over on the Uniqlo site.
The Uniqlo collaboration with French designer Christopher Lemaire dropped on Friday. The minimally designed collection runs the gamut of outerwear through to cotton basics and there’s definitely some well-priced pieces that are worth scooping. Some of the key picks include the below. It seems like stock online is moving fast so hit the Uniqlo webstore directly to see what’s available.
Hooded Coat – $49
Japanese fast fashion retailer Uniqlo has put out a series of UT graphic t-shirts in collaboration with the Estate Jean-Michel Basquiat foundation. The designs pull images from the influential artist’s paintings. My personal favorite is the all-over print design, be sure to check out some of the detailing on these shirts, particularly the screen printing on the insider collar which is a nice touch. All shirts are $19.99 and can be purchased on the Uniqlo site HERE.
If you are a fan of Basquiats art, the retrospective at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea is still ongoing. See our post on it HERE.
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Comme des Garcons SHIRT FW10 vest
Uniqlo down jacket
3.1 Philip Lim SS10 jeans
White Mountaineering FW10 boots
Monitaly FW11 leather jacket
Uniqlo denim shirt
Visvim SS08 FBT
Faith is wearing: Uniqlo x Undercover, UU Down Knit Sleeve Jacket, White UU Men’s Shirt, Junya Watanabe FW12 Pink Fairisle Trousers, Junya Watanabe SS11 Buckle Boots
Faith is wearing: Undercover FW10 Rider Leather Jacket, Comme des Garcon Shirt Strawberry button-up
Faith is wearing: Uniqlo x Undercover UU Wool Coat
Styled by Rocky Li
Modeled by Faith Picozzi
Photographed by Alain Aguilar
All Eyewear by Oliver Peoples
I felt very honored to be the winner of Romio’s NYFW Fashion Blogger contest. For those who haven’t heard of the site, Romio is a New York based web start-up that connects people, businesses and organizations where they live; enabling them get more out of their neighborhoods. The reward for winning the contest was a studio phootshoot with Alain Aguilar; a veteran photographer who has worked with reknowned publications such as Latin Vogue.
I brought in my friend Faith Piccozi and styled her in a few looks as part of the shoot. She’s a really outgoing and positive person and someone who is so natural at modeling. I think her personality really comes out through the images she takes.
The Romio site is undergoing constant improvements and growth and I invite you to check them out. A very heartfelt thank you to the Alain Aguilar and Romio team for allowing me to collaborate with them. Thank you to Faith for making the clothes come to life.
Layla Racy cropped coat
Uniqlo UU Men’s cardigan, Vintage Comme des Garçons shirt
Opening Ceremony knit sweater
H&M Comme des Garçons men’s peacoat, Uniqlo UU men’s knit
Loyal Third Looks visitors may remember my post last year about the street-style blog Otomayim B Dipper. The site is run by my friend Ryo Miyamoto, who takes all the photos for his site personally. I started running into Ryo at fashion and art events all around the city and quickly noticed his knack for putting together really creative outfits. While I had some idea that he was a stylish dude, shooting this style profile with him really convinced me that Ryo is on a whole ‘nother level.
Many people thrift shop to find cheap items. A few mix vintage with designer items really well to create their own highly personal style. Ryo mixes things in ways I had never seen or even considered. I’ll let the photos and his words speak for themselves.
You mentioned to me that your style has evolved a lot since you moved to New York. Can you speak about how it has developed since you moved from Japan?
I am from a tiny island called Okinawa, where most of U.S. military bases in Japan are located. Therefore, American culture was always around me. I moved to New York five years ago and at the time, hip-hop and R&B were my big interests. I wore a New Era cap, an Adidas track jacket, Dickies baggy pants, and white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. I did not know what YSL stood for and I barely knew about Comme des Garçons. However, thanks to the kind people I have met, I gradually started learning about fashion and style. My style today came from all my friends around me. Hopefully, I can continue to learn from them and further develop my style and identity.
Issey Miyake hat
You are able to find very amazing vintage pieces at thrift stores. Do you have any advice on how to find such great pieces?
First, I browse colors and prints, then feel textures; then I look at the silhouettes. In this way, you can save your time and energy for the long journey of thrift-store shopping. If you are looking for something black—well, good luck because you have to feel the texture and check the silhouette of every single piece. I’ve basically given up on thrifting for black pieces because of this.
When you are shopping, do you just buy the individual pieces you love or do you buy things you know will fit into your wardrobe?
I often buy things that I think will fit into my wardrobe, but sometimes I do buy something completely new, hoping I can make it work. It sometimes works, but other times it is a disaster. I can do this only because it is a thrift piece—I spend 10 dollars and experiment with a new style. If it doesn’t work, I put it in the closet and pull it out next year and try it again.
More of this style profile (photos and answers) after the jump
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If you’re in the need of some affordable and stylish fall clothes be sure to hit up Uniqlo for pieces from the final Undercover collabo. Standout basics that I’ve handled are the t-shirts, jeans and sweatpants. For outerwear pieces the parka and down jackets are definitely worth the money. The leather jacket looks good in editorials like this one and online but I can’t bring it to myself to ever recommend pleather. Save yourself some money and check out the current UU sale at all three New York locations.
Images via Hudie.