Since 2011, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have been Creative Directors of KENZO. Thanks to their vision, the label has revived the spirit which lies at the origin of its success.
Founders of the concept store “Opening Ceremony”, launched in September 2002 in New York and creators of the eponymous label, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are at the helm of KENZO, injecting their original energy into Parisian fashion.
At the core of their approach, there is a love for travel, art, culture and fashion that manifests in all that they do. At Opening Ceremony, they successfully combine up-and-coming brands as well as established labels, while defying the standard expectations of the moment. In the image of young Kenzo Takada, who managed to cleverly upset the codes of the 70’s, this creative duo breaks away from the expected. Driven by the environment of the 21st century, they consider the KENZO style like a game with resolutely personal rules.
Originally from Japan, KENZO dreamed of coming to Paris. His wish became a reality in 1970 when he opened his first boutique, “Jungle Jap”, located in the Galerie Vivienne in Paris’ 2nd arrondissement. Right from the beginning, he offered a different vision from the establishment of Parisian couture and the closed creative universe at that time. A visionary and surrounded by an exciting group of friends, he anticipated a free global spirit.
Hailing from California and of Asian origins, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim want to take advantage of all creative aspects of the world around them. Collaborating with avant-garde artists, musicians, actors, designers and many others, they have brought a unique twist with them to Paris. Their spontaneity and experience are indispensable to fashion today.
At KENZO they instil a real joy of living and convey a freshness to the brand, while at the same time continuing to surprise and shake up the world of fashion.
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