With 2019’s sacai collab, Nike finally found a worthy successor to their series of OFF-WHITE sneakers. But don’t get it twisted though. It’s not only about the obvious similarities in both limitation and social media hype. Just like Virgil Abloh’s distinct designs, sacai founder Chitose Abe de- and reconstructed classic Swoosh models – a privilege that only few collaboration partners get. While most joint projects are restricted to simply creating exclusive colorways, being able to actually alter existing models is a much bigger deal. And that’s what makes the sacai x Nike sneakers so special.
On the other hand, this approach only seems obvious when you consider Chitose Abe’s signature style. Ever since she founded sacai 20 years ago, the Japanese designer made a name for herself by combining existing styles to form something new. And just like it’s the case with her own designs, the sum is bigger than its parts with the sacai x Nike sneakers. Both the Blazer Mid and LDV Waffle splice storied silhouettes together. But despite their exaggerated looks and retro DNA, the results seem just as futuristic as they appear entirely singular.
In addition, the two sacai models still leave enough room for individuality. They cater to both older generations that love the vintage models that they reference and to younger heads that always look out for the latest craze. They work with high fashion fits and casual streetwear cool. Which of course is why the various colorways are all over everyone’s Instagtram feeds this year. Which in turn is the reason why we put together some of our favorite shots – check them out below!
DID YOU KNOW?
The name “sacai” is a variation of Chitose Abe’s maiden name “Sakai”. This personal name assignment only makes sense though, since she’s still very much involved with her own brand. Contrary to other big luxury fashion houses, Abe still owns 100% of her business and is its sole designer.
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