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Sacai x Carhartt WIP's Reversible SS24 Collection is Here

Wed 21 Feb 24
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After months of anticipation, Sacai and Carhartt WIP’s Spring/Summer 24 collection is finally going live tomorrow, February 22nd.

Carhartt WIP, making a rare appearance at fashion week, took to the runway as part of Sacai’s Paris show last summer, offering a sneak peek into the upcoming collaborative capsule collection.

 

 

Following the triumph of their initial Autumn/Winter 23 collaboration, the two powerhouse brands have reunited once more for the Spring/Summer rendition of their ‘workwear meets high fashion’ aesthetic. 

The result is a versatile ensemble of 18 pieces, including womenswear and menswear options, modelled respectively by dream pop musician and model Soo Joo Park and Detroit-based ghettotech trio HiTech.

This campaign showed love to up and coming artists and integrated the eclectic sounds of their music along the way- that’s extra points in my book.

Sacai’s Chitose Abe applies her signature move of subtly reworking classic pieces, further developing the hybrid aesthetic between the two brands.

 

 

Work items have been deconstructed and reimagined, some by quite literally sewing together Carhartt WIP and Sacai pieces. Workwear is sometimes best left untouched, but this sartorial innovation works for an avant-garde take on utility style.

The collaboration thoughtfully incorporates signature fabrics from both brands, with Carhartt WIP's Dearborn Canvas and Sacai's wool-blend, typically used for suiting, taking centre stage. 

What sets this collection apart is the reversible nature of many pieces- it might just be the first collection that can carry you straight from fieldwork to cocktail hour.

Respecting both brands' penchant for neutrals, the colour palette features Carhartt’s signature camel brown, grey, and black, with a refreshing addition of a light pistachio green for summer.

 

 

The collection spans from simpler wardrobe staples like canvas shorts and functional-zip T-shirts to standout items like the Reversible Duck Jacket, which combines the iconic Detroit Jacket with OG Chore Coat details on the inside.

The Reversible Duck Coat similarly juxtaposes two signature Carhartt WIP styles- the outside is just like iconic Chore Coat, while the inside features pockets and stitched details belonging to the Siberian Parka. The two are sewn together at the hem and cuffs.

Triple stitching, piping and pocket details in contrast colours adorn the reversible pieces, creating a distinctive deconstructed look. Never forget the co-branding –the Carhartt wave logo above Sacai lettering features in every piece.

However, the Suiting Bonding Pants, a fusion of Carhartt WIP canvas work pants and sacai’s dark wool blend trousers, feature an alternative symbol on the trouser button: a more nostalgic version of cobranding that integrates Carhartt’s early car + heart logo.

 

 

Can it be workwear without a jumpsuit? Worn one way, the Suiting Bonding Jumpsuit is nothing out of the ordinary. Flip it, and all the pocket and piping details pop up against Carhartt WIP’s duck canvas.

It’s a bit more obvious that you are wearing something inside out, with this one, but if that works for you, then make it fashion. The trouser pockets can continue being used in both scenarios and there are an extra set of pockets on the chest.

Lastly, the Suiting Bonding Jacket – the outside resembles Sacai’s single tailored jacket, with a welt pocket on the chest and two flap pockets at the waist. The inside borrows details from Carhartt WIP’s OG Chore Coat. 

With a dress version of the jumpsuit, a poncho inspired reversible jacket and a half overalls half pleated skirt dress, there are plenty of showstoppers for the women too.

 

 

On February 22nd, Sacai x Carhartt WIP will launch at select global retailers and select Sacai stores, as well as at Sacai and Carhartt WIP’s online shops.

 

Workwear isn’t going anywhere, if anything it’s evolving, and it will be exciting to see how people style this collection.

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