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Sacai was established by Chitose Abe in 1999 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Sacai collection embodies the notion that women can wear what they want, how they want, when they want. By incorporating the idea of hybridization through juxtapositions of contrasting textures of fabrics, such as knits with super fine wovens and the usage of techniques based on reinterpretations of patterns of the garment, transforming the pieces into unexpected shapes and silhouettes. While her collections may appear to be about femininity, Abe’s interest is in creating clothes that are entirely unique and timeless, innovative and experimental. To Abe, who is influenced by observing her surroundings and functions of daily life, the Sacai collection has a distinctive elegance that is based on renderings and transformations of basic and classical items. The result is a collection of items that can transition easily between various occasions and is not only reserved for special opportunities.

The Sacai men’s collection launched in Spring 2009 is based on the same philosophy and similar approach as Abe’s women’s collection. Carefully crafted staple items for men imbued with a touch of elegance.

Abe unveiled Sacai’s first bag collection on the Spring Summer 2017 runway. The collection explores recognizable bag archetypes, cut and spliced using Sacai’s signature ‘hybrid’ aesthetic to create something new.

The Sacai women’s collection began showing in Paris during Fashion Week since October 2009 and currently both women’s and men’s collections are shown in Paris.

Sacai opened their first flagship store in September 2011 in Minamiaoyama, Tokyo.  Abe chose to work with architect, Sou Fujimoto, who is known for his integration of contrary elements such as nature and artifact, the idea of outside and inside, the new and the old in his work, with which she closely identified with. The concept behind the store was to create an environment that not only reflects Sacai's vision as a brand but for it to be a retail store with a concept that is in keeping with the verisimilitude of the dynamic culture of Tokyo as a city.  The store carries all Sacai lines including the Sacai women's and men’s collections.

The Tokyo store was followed by stores in Hong Kong and Beijing as well as in Seoul. The collections are currently available at more than 230 stores in 40 countries*. (*as of Aug 2017)