FounderChitose Abe

Founded in 1999 by Chitose Abe, sacai has established itself as a cult fashion label in its short 20 years. Abe originally created the brand after motherhood left her seeking a creative outlet. The designer previously spent eight years working at Comme des Garçons as a patternmaker under Rei Kawakubo and later for Junya Watanabe’s team. Abe first set up shop in Paris in 2009, after buyers from Barneys and colette were beginning to set up accounts. The label’s first appearance on the runway in Paris in 2011 grabbed the attention of even more Western buyers and saw the label flourish, now boasting over 175 international retailers. Since then sacai has collaborated with a number of brands including Vans, Birkenstock, Hender Scheme, and Ugg all receiving the now iconic sacai “hybridized” treatment. Who has Sacai collaborated with? sacai x Nike 2015 saw the brand’s first (of many) collaborations with Nike. In Spring 2015, sacai and NikeLab revealed a series of collaborations combining the vibrant designs of sacai with the sportswear giant’s extensive sportswear collection, including running gear and sweatsuits outfitted with frills, lace and asymmetrical patterns along with bold colors. The pair have since collaborated on a number of footwear releases since that first collection – including the "Blazer with The Dunk" collection in 2019, which combined the two iconic silhouettes together in a single shoe and the Waffle Daybreak and LDV Fusion, creating the hottest sneaker collab of the season. sacai x The North Face Another hyped collection saw the brand team up with outdoors label The North Face. The collection blended classic outerwear silhouettes with The North Face’s technical know-how to create fashionable outdoors-wear. The collection sold out quickly. The brand has continued to unveil collaborations with fashion heavyweights, including Beats, Ugg and Gloverall.