About a month ago, the #Menswear blogosphere lit on fire with the news of a collaboration on the horizon between UNIQLO, the Japanese retailer with a high quality looks at low prices, and 7-time Menswear designer of the year nominee Michael Bastian. Collaborations aren't exactly a new thing for the fashion industry but as of late its been happening more often. Some of the notable ones over the past few were Karl Lagerfeld x H&M, Rodarte x Target, and Jil Sander x UNIQLO. It normally ends up being pretty profitable for both parties. And it gives the customer the opportunity to own something with the stamp of a high end designer at a lower tiered price. For example, a Michael Bastian polo will cost you between $200-$300. The polos for this collab will be sold for $20.
|A few shots from the lookbook.|
When I heard the news of the upcoming collection of polos that would be made, I was beyond excited and I immediately circled the date of May 20...release day. Well its here now, and I'm jacked about it. Perhaps its because I'm a little biased towards Mr. Bastian because hes been my favorite designer for the past 3 years or so. Or maybe its because I've developed a secret man-crush on him (don't tell my wife). But its probably because hes arguably been the top menswear designer for the past 5 years and doesn't look to be loosing any steam as he's been nominated again this year for CFDA menswear designer of the year. Hes a strong favorite although there's some tough competition with Thom Browne on the ballot with his plaid and whales presentation last summer.
And while I would love to scoop up all 16 polos in the collection, I doubt my wife would co-sign that decision. But please believe that come the end of the week, there will be at least 3 of these on my doorstep. Take advantage of these $20 polos wit the stamp of the current leader in menswear as they may not be around long. Check the video below for a quick interview from the man himself.