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First look: Jollibee x Uniqlo tees
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When Uniqlo first opened at SM Mall of Asia last April 2012, I was both surprised and amused with all the collaborations being offered—everything from Hello Kitty to Yakult.

Uniqlo at MOA

So it came as no surprise to me when I learned about Uniqlo’s special collaboration with Philippine fastfood giant Jollibee. In fact the idea makes me giddy with excitement, being a fan of both Jollibee and Uniqlo.
Starting June 1st, 2015, Uniqlo will sell T-shirts with the famous Jollibee logo. This was announced at a press conference at Uniqlo Megamall last Thursday.

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Jollibee drops in at the press conference with Uniqlo’s Masayoshi Nakamura and Katsumi Kubota, and Jollibee’s Joseph Tanbuntiong and Harvey Ong

“Jollibee and UNIQLO share the same goal of providing a valued offering to every Filipino family. Our partnership with Jollibee will bring us closer to every member of the Filipino family as UNIQLO offers clothes for everyone,” said Katsumi Kubota, COO of Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc.

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Mr. Kubota looks Japanice in Jollibee x Uniqlo tee and blazer

Uniqlo took the lead in the design and production processes. Taking the iconing Jollibee mascot, Uniqlo’s Japanese designer tweaked it to give it a classic, vintage, heritage look with the intentionally faded print.
Here’s what you can expect on June 1st:

Jollibee x Uniqlo

The limited-edition T-shirts will sell for Php 390 for adults (men and women) and Php 290 for children. Aside from the Philippines, they will be sold in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

“We have a lot to learn from Jollibee,” said Mr. Kubota. “It is a brand that makes people, from children to grandparents, happy. This is a great opportunity for Uniqlo. I am very honored.”

http://www.uniqlo.com/ph/

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Ines de la Fressange launches 2nd collection for Uniqlo
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Before the word “supermodel” was ever coined (and I hate that word by the way), there were great beauties we looked up to in the ’80s. One of them was Ines de la Fressange.
At that time we knew her to be the muse of Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld—and one doesn’t become muse just by looks alone. Aside from being naturally tall, skinny, and beautiful, Ines also happens to be an aristocrat (her father is the Marquis de La Fressange) with an innate sense of style.

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Ines as muse of Chanel in the ’80s

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Ines today as fashion designer wearing Uniqlo

Following the success of her first collaboration with UNIQLO last Spring/Summer 2014, a second and bigger collection was recently launched for Fall/Winter 2014. Watch this:

Said Ines de la Fressange: “I try to take the position of women today, and take into account such factors as closet space and budget. No one can live surrounded by unlimited clothing. Having many items is not necessarily a good thing, and it is important to have ‘good clothes.’ The point I wanted to express with the new collection is that even without a detailed fashion knowledge, women can find something beautiful to wear. They can have a full wardrobe. The Fall/Winter collection is even better than I expected, and I’m extremely pleased with the elegant line,” she said.

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The collection features smartly cut shirts, the classic trench and casual cashmeres, chic trousers, the elegant tuxedo jacket, and simple silk dresses. Each piece translates easily from day to night and is a great addition to any woman’s wardrobe.

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The Ines de la Fressange collection is now available at UNIQLO SM Megamall, SM Aura and Glorietta 5.
To know more, go to http://www.uniqlo.com/ph/ines/.

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UNIQLO launches SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”) project
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UNIQLO recently launched its SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”) global project inspired by influential artists of our time. SPRZ NY features a number of specially designed items such as T-shirts, outerwear, innerwear and more, as well as a collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Uniqlo x SPRZ

Last May 2013, UNIQLO became a multi-year, corporate sponsor of MoMA—home to one of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary art.
UNIQLO also sponsors the Museum’s “UNIQLO Free Friday Nights,” which provides increased accessibility to the Museum’s exhibitions, collection and film programs.
To further its continued support of MoMA, UNIQLO presents its MoMA Special Edition items, based on the works of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jack Pierson, Jackson Pollock, Lawrence Weiner, Ryan McGinness, and Sarah Morris.

Uniqlo x MoMA

Find them at UNIQLO stores worldwide beginning March 28, 2014.
MoMA Special Edition products will also be available at the MoMA Design Store and online at MoMAStore.org.

http://sprzny.uniqlo.com/ph/

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Cabbages and Roses x UNIQLO
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The country girl in me (read: Anne of Green Gables) loves anything sweet, printed, and shabby chic.
I get so gigil when I see stores like Cabbages and Roses in Tokyo.

Cabbage & Roses, Shinjuku

Cabbages and Roses is a Bristish lifestyle brand that started producing fabrics in 2000.
The fabrics became cushions, pillows, dresses, blankets, curtains, wallpaper—basically everything for the home and the ladies. It has a store in Chelsea, London, and many more in Japan.

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This kind of lifestyle is but a dream for me

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I may not have the lifestyle, but I can have some of the clothes, which I adore

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or accessories

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As a patternmaker, I love that many of their pieces look like doll’s clothes

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Imagine my delight when I found Cabbages and Roses right here in Uniqlo Mall of Asia and SM North The Block (yes, I went to both stores!)

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I was surprised to see comfy printed hoodies for only Php 790

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I bought three!

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I know it’s summer, but I love soft hoodies and wear them at home when my husband turns the aircon thermostat down.
Unfortunately not too many pieces in Manila. Wish they had more of the pieces, but hey, I’m happy with my loot.
To know more about the collab, watch this:

http://www.cabbagesandroses.com/

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