NIGO @ Kenzo.
Marking the first time the label has had a Japanese designer at its helm since the late Kenzo Takada resigned from his namesake brand in 1999, NIGO has today been announced as the new artistic director of Kenzo.
Most widely known for his brands A Bathing Ape, and HUMAN MADE alongside a slew of collaborations with Pharrell Williams, he will replace Felip Oliveira Baptista who left the role earlier this year. Speaking on the news, NIGO commented:
“I am proud to have been appointed Artistic Director of KENZO. I was born in the year that Takada Kenzo san opened his first store in Paris. We both graduated from the same fashion school in Tokyo. In 1993, the year that KENZO joined the LVMH Group, I started my career in Fashion. Kenzo san’s approach to creating originality was through his understanding of many different cultures. It is also the essence of my own philosophy of creativity. Inheriting the spirit of Kenzo san’s craftsmanship to create a new KENZO is the greatest challenge of my 30-year career, which I intend to achieve together with the team. Finally, I would like to thank Bernard Arnault and Sidney Toledano for giving me this wonderful opportunity.”
Thoughts? NIGO’s set to start his role this coming September 20th so stay tuned for more info as it releases.