Back in 2003, leading Japanese retail Uniqlo launched cashmere knitwear and since then the brand has continued to take over the world, expanding its offerings to merino and lambs’ wool pieces.
Just last year, Uniqlo Paris R&D Center artistic director Christophe Lemaire and Shima Seiki, a leader in advanced knitting machines, developed new techniques through Wholegarment technology to produce seamless knitwear.
Recently, during Paris Fashion Week, Uniqlo launched a public exhibition at the Galerie National de Jeu de Paume called “The Art and Science of LifeWear: Creating a New Standard in Knitwear.”
Five installations demonstrated Uniqlo’s unique take on their knitwear.
Upon entering, one was welcomed with a spectrum of colors. One could see the quality of the material up close.
Next installation displayed a running, advanced knitting machine of Japan’s Shima Seiki. The setup emphasized the consistency in the high standards of the manufacturing process—from the raw materials to spinning, dyeing, knitting, washing, and inspection of the products.
The exhibit showed how Uniqlo combined traditional craftsmanship with latest technologies and methodologies to supply the demand without compromising the quality.
Despite the simplicity in its fashion design, Uniqlo makes sure that its knitwear is comfortable, the exhibit showed.
The exhibit encouraged viewers to get creative through layering, and mixing and matching pieces.
At the end of the exhibit, visitors had the chance to purchase items from Uniqlo collaborations with Parisian brands such as Maison Laibach, Keur Paris and Andrea Crews. –CONTRIBUTED