jw anderson
by Stephen Garner

jw andersonLondon-based designer Jonathan Anderson has been named as a special guest designer at Italian trade show Pitti Uomo 92, which will take place June 13-16 in Florence.

Anderson will present his spring/summer 2018 men’s collection for his eponymous label JW Anderson on June 14, marking the first time the designer has shown his collection in Italy.

“I’m honored to have been asked to show at Pitti Uomo,” said Anderson. “Florence’s aesthetic is beautiful, which will lend itself to be the perfect backdrop for the collection.

Thirty-two-year-old Anderson was born in Northern Ireland and launched J.W. Anderson in 2008. After he showed the first collection of accessories that achieved great critical and commercial success, JW Anderson quickly became known as one of London’s most innovative labels.

In the United States his collections are carried by Barneys, Opening Ceremony, Dover Street Market and Jeffrey, among others, and in Europe by Dover Street Market, Selfridges, Le Bon Marché and Printemps. In Asia by Joyce, Isetan, 10 Corso Como, and by the Net-a-Porter, Moda Operandi, Matches and Mr Porter e-shops.

“We have been keeping a careful eye on Jonathan Anderson’s career for several seasons,” added Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine Director of Communications and Events. “Above all, we are drawn to the creativity and eclecticism he expresses in his collections that are further enhanced by high-quality manufacturing and – in menswear — by undisputable sartorial skill. The way he reinterprets elements from the contemporary art scene and from the youth culture, alternating emotional impact (such as out-of-scale volumes) and transgression that are projected towards anticipating the future leaving little room for nostalgia, is very interesting. And his shows are always surprising, with great communicative strength.”