For this third Memento collection, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were inspired by a painting by Douanier Rousseau that Kenzo Takada loved so much he had it reproduced on the walls of his first Parisian boutique. Its theme? The Jungle, a subject that keeps reappearing in Kenzo's creations and leads us through a colorful adventure this season.
Kenzo Takada founded his eponymous brand in 1970. His first show, organized at the Galerie Vivienne in Paris, was an explosion of forms and colors, mixing various prints and materials. The Kenzo aesthetic, recognizable at a glance, was born. In 1983, the fashion designer diversified his activities and launched a first men's ready-to- wear line. Four years later, he took another step forward creating a children's collection and a range of home accessories. One year later, in 1988, the label entered the cosmetics industry with the perfume Kenzo.
Convinced of its success, the LVMH group bought the brand in 1993, a few years before the Japanese designer retired in 1999.
Since 2011, after designer Antonio Marras’s departure, creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim manage Kenzo design. Trained at University of Berkeley, California, where they met, the duo were the first retailers to team up to run a big-name fashion house. In 2002 the two friends became famous for creating Opening Ceremony, a now worshipped fashion store. As a creative and energetic duo, they are not afraid of changing the rules, offering their audience an innovative vision of fashion. Their strength is their ability to reinterpret the brand's codes brilliantly: bright colors, original patterns and cultural diversity.