Sacai's Chitose Abe On How She Keeps It All Together!
Female Singapore|November 2021
From Designing Haute Couture For Jean Paul Gaultier To Working On A Collection With Dior Men That Launches This Month, Sacai Founder Chitose Abe Has Been Keeping Busy. Gordon NG Speaks With The Japanese Designer To Find Out How She – One Of Fashion’s Most Gifted Collaborators – Keeps It Altogether.
Gordon NG
Even for casual observers of fashion, it’s easy to see that the Japanese label Sacai is everywhere these days. Collaboration is a game that the 22-year-old fashion house plays well. To wit: Its ongoing tie-up with Nike, which started in 2015, has birthed a steady stream of covetable sneaker designs that regularly sell out within the day of launch. The year 2021, in particular, has seen the brand embark on some of its most ambitious partnerships to date: French brand A.P.C, Japanese tulle extraordinaire Tomo Koizumi, couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, buzzy artist Kaws and even Kim Jones of Dior are among the diverse range of names that have worked with its founder Chitose Abe so far.

“I believe we have friends and family who understand our passion, and believe in what we do and in our continuous effort to make better clothes,” says Abe of this seemingly ready and willing stream of co-conspirators. It’s an interesting point that she’s making because it alludes to the uniqueness of Sacai’s pieces and why so many (both consumers and collaborators) are drawn to the brand.

Its recognisable signature is hybrid clothing. Almost every one of its designs can be read as a combination of nouns. A sweater is also a shirt; a skirt is also a pair of pants; tailored jackets are also parkas, and so on. The guile and wit of Sacai’s spliced-together designs mean that a single garment can look completely different from various angles.

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