After 8 years at the LVMH fashion house, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have announced the exit from their roles as co-creative directors of Kenzo. The news was released via WWD on 14 June 2019.
Since joining the brand in 2011, Leon and Lim have instilled into Kenzo the youthful energy on which they built Opening Ceremony; the US based fashion retail-cum-label venture they founded in 2002. With their direction Kenzo embraced the marriage of streetwear and logo mania, with the Japanese heritage of founder Kenzo Takada.
'Humberto and Carol consistently brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront at Kenzo, using their collections, fashion shows, advertising, and special projects to engage and galvanise a new generation of creatives,' said Sylvie Colin, Kenzo's chief executive officer, in a statement on their departure.
Leon and Lim will continue working on Opening Ceremony, which now has stores in LA, New York and Tokyo. As of yet there is no word on who is to take up the creative direction position at Kenzo. The pair will show their last collection for the house as part of the S/S 20 Menswear season in Paris on 23 June 2019, subsequently parting from the house on 1 July 2019.