New York fashion designer Alexander Wang will release an exclusive collection with global Japanese retail giant Uniqlo. The company’s “appreciation of functionality and utilitarianism" is what drew him to the project.

The San Francisco born and raised designer has worked with the fast-fashion label to create an “innerwear” range for Uniqlo’s winter Heattech functional apparel line LifeWear, which it launched in 2003.

This is not the first time Wang and Uniqlo have worked together. “I am thrilled our collaboration has resulted in developing a new Heattech line; the perfect place to pick up from where we left off 10 years ago,” Wang said in an official statement.

There aren’t many details about the to-be-launched men’s and women’s range, but we’re told it will be available at stores and online “soon”. Uniqlo did say Wang’s brand is a “reflection of contrasts, blending the refined and the imperfect and evolving the urban uniform”.

Wang launched his first range in 2005 at 21 after two years at New York’s Parsons School of Design. His eponymous label started with unisex knitwear but in 2007 it expanded to include a full women’s ready-to-wear line, to critical acclaim. Four years later it had a men’s ready-to wear line too.

He was the creative director of Balenciaga between 2012 and 2015, and has also done collaborations with H&M. He’s known for his outstanding tailoring skills.

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Earlier this year, Uniqlo worked with cult Finnish design house Marimekko.

The 2018 Uniqlo and Alexander Wang collection is coming soon.

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