The Sacai Collaborations You Need To Know

Sacai Collaborations
Sacai Collaborations

The Sacai Collaborations You Need To Know.  “My collaborations are based on things I personally like and wear, and they just happen naturally,” Chitose Abe said to the New York Times in 2014. True to her word, the designer has partnered with a roll call of brands, from NikeLab to Birkenstock.

Sacai X NikeLab

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Released in March 2012 this collaboration saw NikeLab sportswear adopt an architectural spin with unexpected pleats, peplums and panels – all under the guise of athleisure, way before athleisure became such a ubiquitous term. Playful and inventive, the 8-piece collection included her version of Nike’s iconic and 30-year old Windrunner jacket, which Abe recast as a skirt with plissé-style paneling.

Sacai X Birkenstock

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Available only in stylish black and white leather, the humble Birkenstock was lifted beyond the realms of casual footwear – thanks to Sacai’s 1.6-inch platform! The collaborative shoe which was sold through Sacai Luck and special Birkenstock stores were launched for SS2014. Abe also collaborated with the German footwear brand for Sacai’s SS15 Menswear presentation in Paris, creating Birkenstock ‘bootie style’ sandals – essentially like Roman sandles with straps around the ankles.

Pierre Hardy X Sacai

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Pierre Hardy PreSpring 2017

For Sacai’s Fall 2016 runway, the French shoemaker designed two vertiginous ankle boots inspired by classic New England ‘duck boots’ – the result was anything but conservative and clumpy: a perforated ‘mesh’ leather design with a straight, jagged-edged heel for the first design and a pull on ‘Chelsea boot’ look for the other.  Hardy has also just released the 2017 pre Spring Summer collection for Sacai.

Sacai X The North Face

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A capsule collection for both men and women was launched in January 2017. It featured fierce weather breaking adaptations of two of Sacai’s best sellers: an oversized parka and the MA-1 bomber – only more robust with typical North Face features. The full collection will hit a niche selection of North Face stores in September 2017.

Sacai X Linda Farrow

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This was a dual experiment: a first foray into sunglasses for Sacai, as well as an inaugural ‘see-now-buy-now’ line for both brands. The collection was showcased on Sacai’s Fall 2017/18 runway and immediately available for purchase on net-a-porter.

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Sacai X Ambush

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Not a collaboration in the true sense of the word – this was more of a commission. Chitose Abe approached the designers behind young Tokyo jewellery and ready-to-wear brand Ambush to make statement pieces for her first menswear catwalk during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris for SS17. Pieces included chockers and bangles that looked like shiny oversized watch straps and large ‘gourmette’ or chain necklaces with gold and silver  padlocks.

Sacai X Sophie Bille Brahe  

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A small but perfectly formed capsule collection of fine jewellery was launched by the Dutch designer in collaboration with Chitose Abe at Dover Street Market London, New York and Tokyo in May 2016. The pieces were first seen on models at Sacai’s spring/summer 2016 show in October 2015. Combining Sophie Bille Brahe’s delicate and feminine aesthetic with Sacai’s love of visual contradictions, the collection was elegant yet tough, with cuff-like earrings made of pearls or diamonds finished off with long exclamation marks of thin gold strands, sometimes punctuated by a gem or pearl at the end.