Every month, Interview picks an artist or designer created object that straddles the line between aesthetics and function. Subdued tastes need not apply.
To celebrate its second anniversary, Dover Street Market New York invited Sacai designer Chitose Abe to create an item of her choice. Abe, having collaborated with DSMNY previously, wanted to try something different that would still convey her signature aesthetic, which incorporates intricate patterns on high quality fabrics. The result is as stylish as a Sacai outfit, but much cuddlier: a teddy bear, that comes in large or small. “I wanted to create an item that was not clothing, using fabrics from the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection,” Abe explains. “The fabrics I use are always very intricately made and I thought by creating a teddy bear, people could become more intimately familiar with my fabrics.” As the fabrics are recycled leftovers from the Sacai’s studio, every teddy bear will be slightly different. “The thought put into combining the different textiles to create each bear was so different from my thought process when I create clothing, so it was a fun experience,” reflects Abe. With blends that include a material that went into Mexican Baja sweaters, tattersall checks, and tweeds, the teddy bears make for the most fashionable of scrappy companions.
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