Powered by the motivation to create both functional and highly distinctive clothes, Chitose Abe dreamt up the idea of hybridization, or combining separate garments into a seamlessly melded unit. Sacai was established in 1999 as a knitwear brand, growing steadily each year and garnering high praise from the elite fashion crowd. Textiles are authentic and superior in quality, crafted from scratch by artisans in Japan. Styles are practical and poetic, transitioning effortlessly from day to night. Abe presents timeless pieces in a new light by splicing together differing styles, patterns and textures to create multidimensional visual interest. Her collections often display an androgynous balance of masculine and feminine with patchwork-style pieces that are equally sporty and refined.