Since Chitose Abe founded sacai in 1999, the bandana print has become one of the Japanese designer’s most recognisable motifs. It makes sense that when partnering up with culinary collective Ghetto Gastro for a one-off pop-up dubbed ‘sacai GASTRO’ at Tokyo Burnside at the tail-end of last year (an experimental restaurant space), Abe would design a special monochromatic uniform printed with her signature paisley. The three-piece set features a T-shirt, trousers and an apron which anyone can get their hands on with the brand's latest limited-edition capsule collection.
‘Besides loving the aesthetic of the manner in which Chitose fashions the sacai bandana garments, bandanas have deep cultural resonance and range from Bronx gangs in the 70’s to the blue-collar labourers,’ Ghetto Gastro explains in today’s press release. ‘As the black power kitchen, it’s only right we rock the black paisley’.
The Bronx-based collective founded in 2012 by Jon Grey, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker merges the worlds of food, fashion, music, art and design. Inspired by the borough they call home, their interdisciplinary approach looks to the Bronx as a melting pot of cultures and use the platform as a means to address issues regarding race, identity, and economic empowerment.