Sacai’s SS23 collection at Clarks Wallabee, Loro Piana Collabs
Chitose Abe’s sacai, on the other hand, is as popular as it’s ever been and a best-kept secret. Abe’s advanced deconstruction of sartorial norms has earned him many accolades and these Nike collaborations are everywhere, but sacai isn’t as common on city streets as other fashion favorites.
Maybe it’s because sacai excels at flashy hybrid apparel that rarely makes everyday staples accessible or because the Japanese brand isn’t exactly affordable for the average schmoe and why did they buy something advanced while the vigils are there?
sacai Spring/Summer 2023 might change some things (hopefully), as the Japanese label features some attention-worthy collabs with Eric Haze, Clarks & Loro Piana.
Haze is a multifaceted artist who has done everything from graffiti to graphic design for the Olympics.
His contributions to the sacai canon include brightly printed jackets, coats, shirts, and pants filled with that signature Haze: densely layered artwork in a limited color palette.
It’s not KAWS, I guess, but everything looks better and even more accessible than sacai lawrence weiner collection.
Then there is the Loro Piana team from sacai.
You wouldn’t normally say a designer collaborates with Loro Piana, mind you: the LVMH-owned fashion house is also a fine fabrics factory that produces high-end textiles that almost anyone can buy without even being in touch. live with Loro Piana. .
However, knowing how sacai works, I’m pretty confident its SS23 collection includes a proper collaborative effort with Loro Piana.
Ranging from casual – backpacks and shoulder bags – to avant-garde – puffy zip-up jackets, one-piece dresses – sacai takes Loro far beyond Hiroshi Fujiwara, its last major collaborator.
But perhaps the sacai SS23 collaboration most likely to see crossover success is its upcoming Clarks shoes.
Offered in tan and black suede, the handsome boots take the classic Wallabee to new heights with a chunky midsole and lug sole and are, in my opinion, sacai’s best collaborative shoes since its Hender Scheme shoes.