Chitose Abe is the founder and creative director of Sakai, a brand she founded in 1999. Born in Gifu, Japan, Abe was exposed to fashion and textiles at a young age due to her mother having a career as a seamstress. Growing up, Abe was known as a trendsetter amongst her classmates and social circles having her mother adjust certain pieces of clothing to her own liking. Merge this with her early curiosity with Tokyo’s fashion industry, the renowned designer that we know today emerged.
Sacai – A Japanese luxury brand founded in 1999 by Chitose Abe. The brand, well known for breaking barriers between casual and formal clothing, will be making its Hong Kong physical debut store at BELOWGROUND.
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