After two years of carrying her +J collection in Uniqlo stores, the clothing store announced that Jil Sander‘s Fall 2011 collection will be her last.
“With the recent completion of the design of the…fall and winter collection, Ms. Sander and [Uniqlo] agreed that they had fully explored the possibilities of their creative collaboration and accomplished what they had set out to do,” said the press release from Uniqlo. “Consequently, the two parties have decided to wrap up their design consulting agreement with this collection.”
Sander initially signed a contract with Uniqlo in 2009 and was given a creative director-type role and charged with overseeing all of Uniqlo’s other product lines. Though he had all of these titles and major responsibilities, she wound up focusing her energies on the +J collections instead. Her role became more clearly defined when she announced last year that she’d continue her +J lines indefinitely.
This is a sad day for fashion. Though it was only two years ago, Sander was one of the first designers to really tap into the market and success of a collaboration with a lower-priced retailer.