The prodigy of iconic Japanese designers Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe, Chitose Abe launched her label Sacai (a variation of her maiden name, Sakai) in 1998, debuting menswear for Spring 2009. It was Abe’s years working under Kawakubo that saw her develop an eye for the avant-garde, inspiring her to defy sartorial norms. Over the course of two decades, Sacai has established itself as an international fashion heavyweight, capturing the imagination of devotees across the globe. Abe’s technical deftness comes across in the label’s signature hybrid designs, which aspire to appeal to anyone of any cultural background and suit a myriad of outfitting occasions. Unexpected textile combinations and spliced constructions lend staple t-shirts, lounge pants, bomber jackets, and sweaters an eclectic edge. Colorful patterns enliven sophisticated knit outerwear and trousers, while eye-catching graphic-driven designs give timeless garments a modern twist. Leading Japanese manufacturers are commissioned to create all Sacai fabrics from scratch, ensuring absolute original and the utmost quality.
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