Dior Men’s and Sacai Are Fashion’s Next Hottest Collaboration
Kim Jones has done it again! With a track record of delivering the most covetable collaborations in fashion—think: Kaws, Daniel Arsham, and Shawn Stussy in his tenure at Dior Men’s, and high-profile co-branded capsules with Fragment and Supreme at Louis Vuitton—you can almost always count on him to bring a surprise every season. Spring/summer 2022 is no different, with the prolific collaborator looking to the Far East—Japan, to be precise—for his next partnership.
Chitose Abe and Sacai have engaged in a “dialogue” with the French luxury brand, bringing its achingly cool brand of sportswear design to the table. Sacai’s design philosophy of creating hybrids in fashion flows through the capsule collection: Classic Dior silhouettes have been reimagined in new fabrics and techniques by way of Sacai; Dior’s signature floral embellishments have been fused with modern fabrications seen at the Japanese label; and sharp-eyed fans will notice the new variation in the Dior logo, with the Sacai’s logo being incorporated in the “i”.
In addition to ready-to-wear pieces, bags and accessories have also been given the Sacai touch. The Saddle bag, for one, has been given a refresh with utilitarian materials such as nylon, a Sacai favourite; while Sacai’s signature pearls have been added to Dior Men’s gold- and silver-finish brass jewellery and accessories.
“Sacai is one of my first stops when I go to Japan,” Jones told WWD. “I’ve always loved [Chitose Abe] and I just think she’s one of the coolest women in the world. And we talked about doing this since I was at Vuitton, and then finally it happened.”
Jones and Abe have been friends for 15 years, and, in the same interview with WWD, she talked about the collaboration being a “huge honour” and that it showed just how “committed to always being innovative and challenging” both Dior and Jones are.
The Dior and Sacai capsule collection will launch globally in November 2021.
Get a preview of the collection in the gallery below.