What kind of resources did you have with Uniqlo which you didn't with your own brand?
In my own brand, we tried and failed many times to make puffer jackets. So when I had the call from Uniqlo, the first thing I designed in my head was a puffer jacket.
Because I was so obsessed with the technology they had to make it so lightweight, it was one of the things I was really persistent on. I had this vision of a plaid puffer jacket.
So there was a cultural meeting of the English and the Japanese in the collection?
I’ve been obsessed with Japanese culture since I was a child. My grandfather ran a textile company in Ireland and one of the first things I remember seeing was a book on Hokusai.
I’ve always been obsessed by his idea of modernity in production. When you look at Japan’s history in terms of modernity, even in architecture, it predates any modernity in the Western world, which is so fascinating.
It is this idea of reducing and simplifying how we live, which I think is important at the moment.
The Uniqlo x JW Anderson collection will officially launch on 22nd September 2017 at the Uniqlo flagship in Fahrenheit 88, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit www.uniqlo.com.
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