The dynamic Asian-American husband and wife team, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, behind Kenzo’s designs is stepping down after an eight-year tenure. Carol and Humberto made LVMH history as the first Asian-Americans to hold the position of artistic directors at the hip brand. They will be focusing on their New York based Opening Ceremony business instead.
During their time with Kenzo, the husband and wife team launched numerous standout initiatives for the fashion world. They cast an all Asian runway to celebrate fashion diversity and elevated Britney Spears to a fashion icon status from her pop star roots. Their Kenzo tiger embroidered sweatshirts are an icon of the street style revolution, seen on the hottest influencers around.
The duo released a joint statement: “We are thankful to our wonderful Kenzo team and the LVMH group for the opportunity to take forward Takada’s groundbreaking legacy. We are excited to bring so many rich experiences and memories from our time at Kenzo to new frontiers.”
Kenzo CEO Sidney Toledano mentioned, “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 galvanize a new generation of creatives.”
They will show their last collection, Spring 2020, on June 23rd before departing officially on July 1st.