It isn't remotely fair that Uniqlo's deepest foray into the tweeds, windowpanes, cordoroys and design cues beloved by menswear enthusiasts came in the form of their women's-only Ines de la Fressange collection. But while it's no substitute, the Uniqlo and Lemaire collaboration that drops this Friday does offer a few interesting pieces in the knit and outerwear departments. It's admittedly lame to recommend buying stuff without actually handling it first, but the Ines collection's best pieces sold out in no time and there's no reason to expect the same won't happen here. So let's all roll the dice together. Top picks from left to right:
- "Wool Blended" Shawl Collar Jacket [$130] — Without asking what it's blended with or how much wool is actually present, this piece has so many interesting elements going for it—the shawl collar, the flannel-looking texture, the olive colour and that single big breast pocket that looks like something you'd see on a workwear coat.
- Lambswool Shawl Collar Sweater [$50] — Shawl pullovers are hard to get right but this one is thankfully devoid of the vestigal button and has an interesting wide hem and cuffs detail. Nice colours, too.
- Lambswool Hooded Cardigan [$60] — About as refined as the form could be made, with a button-up front and no drawstrings or pouch pockets. Uniqlo's lambswool is generally very good for the price.