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[4]u|Tø Know: +J Spring 2010

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What did we tell you all before Thanksgiving…rhetorical…+J was coming back for the spring with a some new pieces and spring remakes of certain fall essentials. Either way you look at it you cant lose, its low-cost luxury! The men’s collection still has the familiars like button downs, sweaters and blazers but there are some new editions like the full-zip stretch parka a la Bapesta. Not to mention that the women’s collection has a bevy of lightweight blazers and jackets…ready to be worn with leggings (That trend seems to have no end in sight lol)!

The official launch date is January 14th but you can jump the gun (and lines) and purchase pieces from the Uniqlo UK site now [women] [men].

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January 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

The SmARTORIALIST: Duffle Bag Boy

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For the winter….sometimes you need that heavy duty, in-between coat (you know, not a topcoat, but not as short as a peacoat). INSERT>> the Duffle Coat! This badboy is truly a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Generally they are 3/4 length, and come with durable hoods. I’ve run across several with cashmere lining on the interior, or, simply a really unique plaid or tartan patterned interior, which adds a bit of character to your outfit. Blue and black are the most common colors — but I’m partial to the camel colored ones.

Historically, the jacket was a must among Navy shipman, artic fisherman, etc. — basically, anybody who needed to be warm at all times! The staple feature of the Duffle are the toggles (some people know them as frogs) — see below. These nifty little latch systems were essential for frigid weather — they made it possible to snap up that coat while wearing thick gloves and whatnot.

If you’re looking to complete the look, opt for a pair of dark denim, or cords. You want to push a consistent message: “weather-proof”. Top it off with a knit cap, and a pair of distressed boots or my personal fav…Redwing 875’s. Done deal.

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January 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm

RecessionPrøøf 220: Winter QLOthing

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UNIQLO is setting a solid standard for great looks this winter. Ladies, I stronnnngly urge you to peep the overall composition of these outfits!! I know all our readers aren’t in the closest proximity to a Uniqlo store — but you can definitely use their lookbook photos for inspiration. There seems to be an emphasis on color, tailoring, extended knits, and fur accents. (Things that I dig on women….the colored tights, the patina-toned denim, and ivory) Peep game:

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December 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm

[4]u|Tø Know: Jil Sander x Uniqlo 2.0

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With the launch of the +J collection at Uniqlo a little over a month ago, the fashion gears are already in motion for a spring 2010 collection. You know how it goes…sales are good, so lets do it again until sales are not so good. According to Catwalk Queen Ms. Sanders is in New York right now shooting the campaign for the spring collection. I got a few good things from this collab so I’ll be looking forward to the next one. I only hope that there are more men’s pieces the next go-round.

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November 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

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Jil Sander x Uniqlo: [the]aftermath

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I know this post may be a lil late because the jump for the +J Collection was last Thursday, however the collection is still going strong at Uniqlo’s flagship store in Soho [Excuse the clarity of these pics, they were taken on my cell]. I went the day that the collection was released but apparently I went at the opportune time because I was in line for like 7 MINUTES…

…The exclusivity was presented in the form of white drapes forming a partition from the rest of the store

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…Then it got crazy on the inside…

…Of course the women had more pieces but the men had their share of eye catching separates. If your into minimal details that pop then this was the collab for you. There were some very clean looking woolens like the Chesterfield coat and the wool blazer for men, but the women had the one item that I wanted…a pea coat…

…But they had some interesting pieces that I had my eyes on. There were these khaki cotton/satin pants that had like a slight sheen to them. Then there was this cotton turtleneck long sleeve shirt with a wide, high neck that made this drapey, funnel look. There was this half zip hoodie with a black coated zipper placket that was nice too. Everyone was clamoring for the denim pinpoint oxford shirt. The blazers were nice; especially velvet one and the wool, salt and pepper looking one that had that Jil Sander cut. The outerwear was amazing too. My favorite was the down funnel hooded coat. The down jackets for men and women were also very nice. There was this reversible one for men that was navy on the outside and brown on the inside but you could cuff the sleeves so that you could see the brown inner…PUNCTILIO.

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AND how could I forget the cashmere section…

…This cardigan also came in pink with gray trim. I really wanted the cashmere stole that was around the maniquin’s neck. I went back yesterday and saw that they put out the plaid shirts. I think that a +J plaid button-up would be a nice essential for that hunter gatherer look.

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October 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

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Jil Sander x Uniqlo

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Head Mistress of the Minimalist Mystique, designer Jil Sander is collaborating with Japanese discount design conglomerate, Uniqlo to bring us the +J collection. These are some really sharp pieces of clothing with clean lines. “The challenge for me is to establish a premium quality in a democratically-priced range.” The collection is expected to drop at Uniqlo’s Soho location in New York on October 1st. Here is a list of the items in the main collection by gender:

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On another yet similar note The German designer has made her unofficial return to fashion by recently signing a “design consulting agreement” to oversee the men’s and women’s apparel at Uniqlo.

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September 26, 2009 at 12:55 am

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RecessionPrøøf 220: Jockin’ (+J) – Z

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Who’s gonna run this fall? Fashionably speaking, it will be none other than +J – Z. Let me clarify; we’re not talking about Hov, we’re talking about the fall offerings of two affordable fashion powerhouses, Uniqlo and Zara.


The heavily anticipated +J collection (Jil Sander for Uniqlo) is set to launch October 1st, and from what we’ve been privy to viewing…the pieces are BANANAS (especially the women’s down ¾ length coat)! The monochromatic grays used in this line will establish a legit base for every look you attempt this Fall/Winter. We’re talking, Japanese engineered garments, with a reputable designer’s vision, ALL ranging from $21 to $155 (we know…those are like Canal St. prices). Don’t SLEEP!


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The budget chic underdog, Zara, usually gets overlooked because of H&M’s popularity/ accessibility, and Topshop’s coup d’etat of Europhile fashionistas. However, there are 2 lanes that Zara succeeds both brands: Outerwear and Footwear. In terms of outerwear, Zara uses a unique color palette and mixes different, yet complementary materials to recreate traditional blazers, jackets, and overcoats. In terms of footwear, Zara manages to produce tasteful analogs of designer/runway shoes, with better construction than ANY budget chic brand – for prices ranging from $39 to $89 (women & men). That’s a no-brainer!


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On that note, just act accordingly: this F/W, your Blueprint for fashion…+J – Z (AWH!…in my best Hov voice).

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September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm