Sync your wardrobe with your car through the dynamic collaboration of Sacai and Mercedes-AMG, inspired by motorsports and revealed in conjunction with the upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Sin City’s neon-lit streets this Saturday at 10 pm local time (November 18, 2023), the collaboration unveils a collection curated by Chitose Abe, the innovative mind behind Sacai, in partnership with the AMG team.
Drawing inspiration from the iconic ‘Red Pig,’ the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, nicknamed playfully, this collection pays homage to AMG’s inaugural racing car. This 1971-built sedan, despite its full-size stature, defied expectations by securing a remarkable second place at the ’24 Hours of Spa’ endurance race. The ‘underdog’ narrative of this race has become a legendary tale in motorsport history.
Abe, renowned for her unique approach at Sacai, seamlessly blends diverse elements and materials into hybrid garments, reflecting her background as a pattern-cutter for Rei Kawakubo and her tenure with the Junya Watanabe design team. Collaborating with an array of brands and personalities, from Ghetto Gastro to Nike, Sacai consistently explores new forms rooted in purposeful design.
The collection, centered around performance wear, features racing-style overalls with the vintage-inspired Sacai AMG logo, complemented by varsity jackets, blousons, and T-shirts adorned with patches and badges. Mercedes-AMG describes the collaboration as an ‘intellectual exercise,’ merging the distinctive design philosophies and codes of both entities. The collection is currently available at AMG Speed City in Las Vegas until November 17, 2023, and on nordstrom.com.
But there’s more to the Sacai x AMG experience. In a unique endeavor, Abe collaborates with AMG on a special car ‘wrap’ in mirrored chrome. This exclusive opportunity allows enthusiasts to coordinate their attire with their vehicle, featuring badges and embossed shapes reminiscent of the collection. While the one-off wrap is not available for purchase, it reflects an innovative and disruptive blend of luxury and performance, authentic to both brands’ DNA, according to Michael Schiebe, Mercedes-AMG’s CEO of the project.