Japanese fashion designer Chitose Abe has created a niche for self with her urban, sporty and delicately feminine designs. She created her label Sacai in 1999 after 8 long years of working under Junya Watanbe. In a country where the women are marginalised and oppressed, Chitose’s accomplishments are no mean feat.
In the last 15 years, Abe has built strong influential figures as her loyal clients, comprising Sarah Mower, Suzy Menkes, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. She has designed a creative line-up for NIKE blending her Sacai philosophy since the last couple of years. Her popularity has even influenced the West, Biffi in Milan, Colette in Paris and Joyce in Hong Kong. With 90 plus international stockists around the world, Sacai is a brand to reckon with. Chitose has introduced Sacai Luck for women and men’s lines.
“I love to dress up. That is why I could only imagine being a fashion designer. Sacai is all about me,” Abe states. Chitose spent her childhood in the city of Gifu, Japan. Her father was a research engineer. Her mother used to stitch clothes. Abe has an elder sister. Her stint with fashion started at the fashion college Nagoya.