By Cecilia Sha
Cody Sai Adler-McAllister, is a California native who moved to New York City to persue fine arts at Pratt Institute. While studying, he was introduced to internationally recognized Dutch designer Koos Van Den Akker, famous for his collage-like patchwork in the late 80’s and 90’s. Cody apprenticed at Koos & Co. for several years and finished his degree in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Cody has interned at several showrooms and independent design companies. He currently works at a model agency.
Cody Sai’s first collection was featured alongside famed Thai designer Thakoon in a 30 minute documentary for NHK World TV (BBC of Japan) as one of the next emerging Asian designers coming out of New York City.
Cody told me that he decided to build his brand because he needed a creative outlet, out of his day job working at a photo agency. The collection has mostly been a personal project so far, because right now he does not have the resources to take it to the next level. Hopefully one day he will be able to focus on designing 100% of the time rather than working on the collection only on the weekends or after work.
According to his collection, Cody Sai is a women’s ready-to-wear line that focuses on clean, well-structured, innovative and classic wearable designs.
For Cody, a consistent muse of his has been a former co-worker, Akiko Matsuura, who is a Stylist Agent. She has a very unique style and a wonderful personality which makes her incredibly fun to dress. Many of his pieces have been inspired by what Cody would like to see her wearing or he’s even designed something that she needs, but hasn’t been able to find from other designers. And isn’t that every woman’s dream come true?