Just like an individual's journey to achieving personal style, Uniqlo U is a collection that's always evolving and experimenting. The range, which was conceived and developed at Uniqlo's Paris R&D centre, led by designer Christophe Lemaire, is comprised of progressive essentials made with advanced materials, cutting-edge techniques and unique silhouettes.
As a result, Uniqlo U offers reinvented basics that are anything but basic. The pieces transcend trends and act as items that help express who we are.
Outfit by Uniqlo, hat and jewellery, Darren's own
To further demonstrate Uniqlo U's versatility, we tapped on individuals with distinct personal styles and they showed us how the collection seamlessly fits into their wardrobe. Up first is Darren Loke, a 27-year-old designer and co-founder of bag brand Omitir, whose look is clearly inspired by Japanese streetwear with a minimalist edge.
What was your earliest memory of style?
I remember being a child model when I was 6 years old. At that time, I really enjoyed wearing dungarees. I suppose I liked it so much that I still wear them once in a while.
Who or what contributed to your personal style?
The understanding of the human silhouette allowed me to find what works for me, which eventually led me to discover my personal style.
How would you desrcibe your everyday look?
Comfortable and effortless.
Describe your go-to outfit that says, "I mean business."
Double breasted jacket, lace up derbies and a hat.
Outfit by Uniqlo, hat and belt, Darren's own
Do you have a particular way of putting your outfit together?
I work from my footwear up. It has rarely failed me. I also tend to layer quite a fair bit and top off my look with an assortment of silver jewellery and a hat. No matter how simple my outfit is, these pieces help to instantly change my look.
What are your thoughts on the Uniqlo U collection?
My favourite thing about it is that all the pieces are stylishly subtle and well designed.
Do you have any favourite pieces from the Uniqlo U range?
I like the Open Collar Short Sleeve Shirt because it's a great layering piece that can be worn on its own or underneath a blazer or jacket. The LightWeight Oversized Coat is another personal pick because it's perfect for our weather — it's light, comfortable and has a cool texture.
Uniqlo U is available in stores on 17 February 2017