Former Hermes artistic director is now with Uniqlo

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Christophe Lemaire heads Uniqlo’s Paris R&D Center

Christophe Lemaire heads Uniqlo’s Paris R&D Center

Global casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer Uniqlo, which originated in Japan, keeps the fashion scene moving forward as it announced the appointment of Christophe Lemaire as artistic director of the newly established Uniqlo Paris Research and Development Center and the new Uniqlo U line.

The Uniqlo Paris R&D Center complements Uniqlo other research and design units in Tokyo, Shanghai, New York and Los Angeles. While functioning as product design centers, these units also gather information on local fashion trends, lifestyles, and new materials.

The first Uniqlo U, which has been created with Lemaire’s dedicated Paris team, features innovations in keeping the ‘LifeWear’ philosophy of providing comfortable clothing that matches all lifestyles. The line will launch worldwide from the Fall/Winter 2016 season.

Born in France in 1965, Lemaire established his own brand in 1991. He opened a boutique in Paris and re-launched his own brand in 2007. He served as artistic director at Lacoste in 2000, and women’s artistic director at Hermes in 2011. Together with Sarah-Linh Tran, he created the Uniqlo and Lemaire collection, which debuted in October 2015 and was completed with a Spring/Summer 2016 range that launched in March this year. Fashion industry experts and customers around the world have lauded the line for its excellence.


For his new post, Lemaire shared, “I find Uniqlo commitment to product development, high quality, and teamwork truly impressive and inspirational. It is a challenge and a joy for me to be part of the team designing LifeWear—everyday clothing that resonates with people worldwide.”

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