Beijing sacai opened in partnership with JOYCE following the successful launch of Hong Kong sister store earlier this year.
“We are so excited to open a store in Beijing and be closer to our loyal customers and friends in Mainland China. The new store has a carefully curated selection of the most representative and luxurious pieces from sacai. Our Chinese customers are always among the first to snap up the key looks from each collection. They have a great eye and sense of style!” commented sacai Founder and Creative Director Chitose Abe.
Abe has carved a niche via her clever juxtaposition of femininity and functionality in her designs. She somehow manages to merge women’s desire beauty with more intellectual aspects of fashion. Such a rare skill that she honed during her apprenticeship with Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garcons and founding Junya Watanabe with the brand’s namesake.
Since establishing her own label in 1999 Chitose Abe has been steadily garnering increasing global support and recognition. Her friends and collaborators from around the world descended on the historic Temple hotel to celebrate this milestone in her career. The distinguished group included international models and creatives such as Anja Rubik, Xiao Wen Ju, Kiko Mizuhara, Rila Fukushima and Yoon.
As one half of the design duo behind jewellery label Ambush, multitalented Yoon has been working closely with Abe on sacai’s accessories range. During the opening party, over 300 guests took to the floor as Yoon showed support for her friend and collaborative partner by taking over the decks and bring down the proverbial house.
Backstage photography by Filep Motwary