It might be closing its doors in December, but Parisian institution Colette is having itself quite the swan song. Hot on the heels of a residency by Balenciaga comes a monthlong takeover by Japanese label Sacai, which opened Sept. 4. Titled “Jardin Sacai,” the residency is themed on Parisian park life with a Japanese twist — trompe l’oeil hedges and fairground rides sit alongside a pop-up café serving coffee and cakes from Japanese snacking stalwarts Toriba Coffee and Toraya.
“To me, Colette is a spiritual home for Sacai,” she said. “It’s an honor to have been chosen and trusted with [Colette founder Sarah Andelman’s] wonderful playground.”
Footwear is represented via two collaborations: Converse x Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment and under-the-radar Japanese label Zucca.
“To me, both Converse and Zucca feel like very universal brands, and this is why I decided to work with them,” Abe said. “I have always liked Converse sneakers and wore them myself, so it felt like a natural collaboration to pursue.” The capsule comes in both black and white with Sacai signature navy laces. Based on a classic Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette, there’s a stitched patch detail and co-branded heel tag.
The Zucca collab features four styles of flat sandals with straps done in motifs inspired by Mexican masks combined with a Vibram sole. “The lucha libre-style sandals were something I came across in my earlier years, and the image of them stayed with [me], as I really liked how unexpected the design was,” Abe said. Everything is available only for the duration of the residency.