UNIQLO x Michael Bastian Join Up

Desmond Kinlaw


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 high-quality looks at low prices, and seven-time Menswear Designer of the Year nominee Michael Bastian. Collaborations aren't exactly a new thing for the fashion industry, but as of late, it's been happening more often. Some of the notable ones over the past few were Karl Lagerfeld & H&M, Rodarte & Target, and Jil Sander & 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, I was beyond excited and I immediately circled the date of May 20... release day. Well, it's here now, and I'm jacked about it. Maybe it's because Mr. Bastian has been my favorite designer for the past three years or so. Or maybe it has something to do with the secret man-crush I've developed on him (don't tell my wife). But it's probably because hes arguably been the top menswear designer for the past five years and doesn't look to be losing any steam as he's been nominated again this year for CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year. He's a strong favorite although there's some tough competition with Thom Browne on the ballot with his plaid and whales presentation last summer.  


Some standouts in the collection.


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.