After 17 years in business, Christchurch brand Sakaguchi has decided to cease retailing as a commercial brand. Following the February earthquakes, designer Takaaki Sakaguchi was forced to close his store and explained how hard times for independent brands have made it impossible to continue operating at his current capacity.

Sakaguchi said he would be taking some time to develop his artistic and creative designs in an effort to produce work that is more in line with his Japanese heritage, citing Comme des Garcon, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto as big inspirations.

“I am currently developing a new label called Ginger under a local Christchurch based Fashion House that will be ready in time for winter,” said Sakaguchi.