The Japanese designers Tomo Koizumi and Chitose Abe have teamed up on an accessories capsule, transforming Koizumi's bold and fantastical creations into accessories for the everyday, drawing on the sacai penchant for splicing together militarian and utilitarian clothing references. Koizumi's frothy, tiered dresses first came under an international spotlight in 2019, when Katie Grand and Marc Jacobs hosted the brand's first runway show in New York. Fast becoming an editorial favourite in Vogue to LOVE, as a joint recipient of the LVMH Prize 2020 Koizumi's star has been shining bright ever since - and the new collaboration with industry favourite sacai shows no signs of stopping.
Tote bags and leg warmers take Koizumi's creations from runway to street - which is very much Abe's domain. Having created the Nike 'Waffle' trainer, and with an upcoming residency at Jean Paul Gaultier, (which has been delayed due to the pandemic), Abe's is a trusted eye when it comes to brand collaborations. Although Koizumi is no stranger to sharing a creative eye, having teamed up with the Italian fashion house of Emilio Pucci for S/S 21, his aesthetic is far more at odds with the deconstructionist approach of Abe, who splices all manner of fabrics together in her ever unpredictable takes on reimagined classic wardrobe staples such as the trench coat.
Taking Koizumi's distinctive Japanese polyester organza, the designer's explosive designs are shrunken down and transformed into hybrid accessories across three colour-ways of green, orange and black. Leg warmers feature ribbed socks which recall athletics gear, bringing Koizumi's made-to-order gowns down to earth. The bags, that come in two sizes, are the perfect addition to a matching creation for anyone lucky enough to own a Koizumi design - but most importantly they make his trademark tiered balls of joys more accessible for his fast-growing audience.
The collection will be available from 4 June 2021.