Bestselling novelist Haruki Murakami and fashion retailer Uniqlo have collaborated on a T-shirt line inspired by some of the author’s most beloved books. Fans of Murakami’s works will find familiar images in this collection as it features illustrations such as Maki Sasaki’s work in “Pinball, 1973” and“Dance Dance Dance,” and the resident cat of Murakami’s radio show logo.
The collection features eight shirts: six featuring his novels “Dance Dance Dance,” “IQ84,” “Kafka on the Shore,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “Pinball 1973,” and “Sputnik Sweetheart” and two with Murakami Radio, which he began in 2018.
Murakami and Uniqlo seem to be a match, as the novelist’s philosophy on clothing reflects Uniqlo’s take on simplicity and utility: “I try to wear plain clothes, the simpler the better,” he said in an interview with Uniqlo. “Jeans and a T-shirt, with a sweatshirt or sweater. Since I don’t need to show up at an office, I could wear anything I like. But I always wind up wearing the same thing. I’m not sure I can say why that is.”
The collection also comes with a set of goods featuring the illustrations in the collection as enamel prints and stickers.
This comes a few months ahead of the English translation of Murakami’s new short story collection, “First Person Singular,” which will be released on April 6.
Murakami Uniqlo drops March 22 in Uniqlo Philippines. Shirts are priced at ₱790.
Erratum: An earlier version of this article erroneously put Mar. 8 as the release date. We apologize for this oversight.