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Sacai

ESTABLISHED

1999

HQ

Tokyo, Japan

FOUNDER

Chitose Abe

BIO

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.

1999

Japanese luxury fashion brand is founded by Chitose Abe in Tokyo, Japan.

2009

Sacai men's collection launched in Spring, and the women's collection is shown in October during Paris Fashion Week, being the brand's first runway show.

2011

Sacai opens their first flagship store in September 2011 in Minamiaoyama, Tokyo. Abe chooses to work with architect, Sou Fujimoto.

2015

Spring 2015, Sacai and NikeLab reveal a series of collaborative collections.

2017

Sacai x The North Face collaborate for Fall/Winter 2017

2019

Sacai continues to collaborate with Nike, combining two lesser-known Swoosh silhouettes – the Nike Waffle Daybreak and LDV Fusion, creating the Sacai X Nike LDV Waffle Daybreak.

2023

Sacai remains a prominent force in the fashion industry, collaborating with major brands and presenting collections at international fashion weeks.

Latest Stories

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    • Sneakers
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    • Style
  • Jean Paul Gaultier, Nike & sacai Are Back on Waffle Duties

    • Sneakers
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    • Sneakers
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    • Design
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    • Style
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    • Style
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Sacai Highlights

  • sacai's Chitose Abe Is Leading Japan's Next Generation of Designers

    • Style
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    • Style
  • sacai Debuts New Nikes & Carhartt Collab for FW23

    • Style
  • Fifty Shades of sacai's Nike Zoom Cortez

    • Sneakers
  • Hope You Aren't Tired of sacai x Nike

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