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Uniqlo and Jil Sander part ways after three years

Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo is parting company with designer Jil Sander after three years. Sander’s autumn 11 collection for the +J label will be her last.

The retailer said it had been decided the pair had “fully explored the possibilities of their creative collaboration and accomplished what they had set out to do”.

It added: “Consequently, the two parties have decided to wrap up their design consulting agreement with this collection.”

As revealed by Drapers, Uniqlo tempted Sander out of retirement in 2009 to head all of its menswear and womenswear design on a consultancy basis, and to launch the +J collection.

At the time, the move was heralded significant for fashion and seen as a move to redefine the meaning of value clothing by creating premium collections at reasonable prices, rather than being just a one season limited edition collection. However, it is reported that Sander focused her attention on the collection rather than overseeing the retailer’s other product line.

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