Origin: 1970, Paris
Designers: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon
Field: Women’s and men’s wear
Bio: Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, 36, the creative director of Kenzo, have been artistic and business partners since 2002, the year they founded Opening Ceremony in New York City. Both born and raised in Los Angeles, Carol and Humberto share a friendship that goes back much further to when they met at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. At Opening Ceremony, the highly successful fashion, retail and online environment they created together, the pair has consistently set the pace for innovative clothing, shopping, évents, and collaborations. Their design for the brand’s extensive clothing and accessories collections have been an integral part of its universe. Carol and Humberto consistently reach outside of existing paradigms and stray from the expected to bring fun and diversity to fashion. They are completely captivated by the spirit of Kenzo, which for the mis a way of life. They are now infusing Kenzo with their expansive creative ideas to renew its youthful spirit and energy. Unexpected prints and patterns, vibrant color, music, and culture are hallmarks of the brand the twill become relevant once again. Kenzo will attract women and men of all ages to be a part of its vibrant universe.
« With its endlessly inspiring universe and heritage, Kenzo has captured our imaginations completely. We are honored and excited to be part of the next chapter of the brand’s story. Kenzo is a way of life. Embracing a bold modernity, we look forward to renewing its youthful spirit. A léopard on the savanna, fish nets weaving through the sea, the energy of a downtown party. Kenzo inspiration strikes anywhere and everywhere. Youth, color and pattern, internationalism, community : thèse hallmarks of the brand will become newly relevant. Through its online présence, culture reach, and community engagement, Kenzo will attract a new man and woman, who will join its loyal existing market. Kenzo is everyone. » Carol Lim and Humberto Leon