Jil Sander Launches Matterhorn-Inspired Jil Sander+ Collection
Married co-designers Lucie and Luke Meier are one with nature.
For their now-available Jil Sander+ 2019 Fall capsule, husband-and-wife creative duo Lucie and Luke Meier drew from their respective nature-based roots—Lucie’s in the Swiss foothills, just below the Matterhorn, and Luke’s in the port city of Vancouver.
Engineered with both Sander-like slickness and crunchy durability in mind, the inaugural Jil Sander+ collection is a textural spin on “cultivating one’s own garden,” doing away with that old French edict’s self-reliant slant, and instead espousing a commitment to collective eco-consciousness. Reflected here in eco- and fauna-friendly fabrics like recycled cashmere, the Meiers’ mission of stewardship began, naturally, in the great outdoors. “Spending time outdoors, surrounded by mountains, trees, or the sea has become more and more important to our lives; Nature is our richest source of inspiration and energy,” the couple tells V.
True to Lucie Meier’s high-altitude origins, the collection offers a birds-eye-view of contemporary design, weaving together European and Japanese traditions with spacious, downpour-proof construction. And while the neutral and earthy-toned fibers, comprising both men’s and women’s wear, prove the Meiers’ mastery of back-to-nature lifestyle, they one-upped themselves following the collection’s debut at Salone del Mobile this spring: After showing alongside a plant-based art installation by Australian artist Linda Tegg, they brought back the living specimen for permanent residence at the Jil Sander headquarters in Milan.
See the collection below, plus two photos from the Meiers’ “+” vision board, taken by the couple on their travels.