Call it the meeting of three Japanese icons – Uniqlo (or to be more precise, its UT T-shirt line), the 48-year-old animated character Doraemon and art giant Takashi Murakami. The latter is perhaps best known within fashion circles for his long-standing collaboration with Louis Vuitton – remember those colourful Speedys from the early 2000s? – and Uniqlo has now tapped on the artist to create a special capsule line entitled “Doraemon UT”.
Numbering 13 products in all, the line consists of a (super cute, if we might add) plush toy and men’s/kids’ T-shirts emblazoned with two main graphics – one from the Doraemon comic archives and the other from Murakami’s own artwork inspired by the robot cat which was exhibited at the Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017.
How to differentiate between the two graphics? If you’re a fan of Murakami’s, you’ll undoubtedly recognise his signature smiley flowers, only this time they’re interwoven with familiar characters such as Nobita and Doraemon.
Set to launch May 28 exclusive at Uniqlo’s Orchard Central flagship and online, prices range from $14.90 for a kid’s T-shirt to $49.90 for the plush toy.
Here, we round up some of our favourites from the collection: