Chitose Abe
Founder and Creative Director of Sacai
Wall Street Journal

Profile
Discipline
Fashion , Footwear
Age
52
Nationality
Japanese
Honors

Achievement
Chitose Abe is the creative director and founder of sacai, the highly-acclaimed Japanese fashion label whose artfully crafted collections have garnered high acclaim since its launch in 1998. Abe got her chops working under Rei Kawakubo as a pattern cutter for COMME des GARÇONS and then as a member of Junya Watanabe's design team. Since launching her own label, Abe's masterful eye for mixing patterns and fabrics has pushed her women's and men's designs to the forefront of contemporary fashion. This year, sacai went headstrong into the streetwear sphere, peddling notable collaborations with the likes of fragment design, The North Face, UNDERCOVER, Hender Scheme and colette.