Carol Lim and Humberto Leon Exit Kenzo After 8 Years

The duo have decided to focus on their own brand, Opening Ceremony.
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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim at the Kenzo Menswear Fall 2019 show. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim at the Kenzo Menswear Fall 2019 show. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are leaving Kenzo after eight years at the helm, according to a release from parent company LVMH.

The design duo were named creative directors at the Parisian brand in July 2011, in a move which surprise-ousted then-designer Antonio Marras. Their appointment was meant to bring Kenzo back into the American market, where Lim and Leon had established themselves as the ultimate arbiters of cool with their store and in-house line, Opening Ceremony. LVMH had considered 25 candidates for the gig, but ultimately settled on Lim and Leon, with Pierre-Yves Roussel, then chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH’s fashion division (Roussel joined Tory Burch as CEO at the end of 2018), saying, "What we need now is something which has more energy, which is looking forward in terms of addressing a new generation." Lim and Leon were the first Asian-American designers to lead an LVMH brand.

Opening Ceremony is cited as the reason for Lim and Leon's departure, with the release claiming that the pair is exiting Kenzo to focus on their own business back in New York.

Lim and Leon's official last day is July 1, days after they present their final collection for Kenzo — Spring 2020 — on June 23. The brand has not yet named their replacement.

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