A message we all need right now comes to the fore through sacai ‘s collaboration with African-American artist and activist Hank Willis Thomas in their SS21 menswear collection.
The slogan recalls Thomas’ 2017 installation in San Francisco’s Annie Street, designeda tribute to Thomas’ brother who was killed 17 years earlier suddenly. Fast forward to 2021 and these three words resonate now more than ever.
The collaboration will be launching next week at NiHao/Hello! sacai ‘s pop-up space at Landmark Belowground where you’ll find other limited sacai product lines and drops.
Sacai was established by Chitose Abe in 1999 in Tokyo, Japan.
Sacai incorporates the idea of hybridization through juxtapositions of contrasting textures of fabrics, such as knits with super fine wovens and the usage of techniques based on reinterpretations of patterns of the garment, transforming the pieces into unexpected shapes and silhouettes.
While her collections may appear to be about femininity, Abe’s interest is in creating clothes that are entirely unique and timeless, innovative and experimental. To Abe, who is influenced by observing her surroundings and functions of daily life, the Sacai collection has a distinctive elegance that is based on renderings and transformations of basic and classical items. The result is a collection of items that can transition easily between various occasions and is not only reserved for special opportunities.
About Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture.
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