How did you develop your love of fashion?
My mom used to make clothes for me and rather than normal cuts, she’d make pieces with details like big sleeves. Then, ever since I was little I would make clothes for Licca dolls, which are like the Japanese version of Barbies.
I also remember seeing a commercial on TV featuring a fashion designer, and that’s when I realised that being a designer is a job.
You took your time to launch your brand, Sacai, and you're known to stay true to your own timeline and aesthetic. How do you feel about the fast-changing trends of today?
It was a conscious decision to build the brand slowly and organically over the last 20 years. Occasionally the aesthetic will match the trend but that's not intentional. We don’t ignore trends of course, and we try to make something new every season, but we don’t feel the need to pursue it.
An important thing to Sacai is that you’re able to mix our clothes across seasons or years.