Humberto Leon and Carol Kim are stepping down from Kenzo, where they shared the position of creative director for the past eight years, to focus on their US-based label Opening Ceremony, WWD reports. The duo will present their final collection for the LVMH-owned fashion house on June 23 during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Their official departure will happen on July 1, with the successor to be announced at a later date.
Leon and Kim are credited with modernizing Kenzo, a label founded in the 1970s by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, thanks to collaborations with the likes of H&M and Vans. During their tenure, the company has maintained consistent double-digit growth, with annual revenues estimated in 300 million to 400 million euro (approximately 388-451 million US dollars or 266-355 million pounds) by unnamed industry sources quoted by the WWD.
Photo: Kenzo Men's Autumn Winter 2019, Catwalkpictures