Marking the house’s deep respect for the creativity that originates from the street, and resisting categorization, preconceptions and self-imposed ‘rules’, for sacai’s Fall/Winter 2021 men’s collection, founder and designer Chitose Abe embraces the freedom that comes of splicing counter-culture codes by exploring the transition from punk to hip hop, sacai style.

Playing with wardrobe vocabulary from two seemingly disparate and opposing street culture worlds, Abe finds a common language in the classical clothing archetypes that form the foundation of both, as well as being part of sacai’s vernacular and flexes her cross-pollination to make a new proposition.

A new project with the artist KAWS celebrates a long-held mutual admiration and friendship. A 21st-century expression of the idea of ‘wearable art’, first inspired by the meeting of minds between Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian sees KAWS artworks applied, true to their original palette and form, to sacai’s men’s silhouettes.