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Since 2011, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have been creative directors of KENZO, which was founded in Paris in 1970 by Kenzo Takada. A native of Himeji, Kenzo made the move from Tokyo to Paris, where he opened his boutique ‘Jungle Jap”. He surprised the fashion world with his originality and apparent celebration of diverse cultures, offering a different vision from the established Parisian couture. Hailing from California and of Asian origins, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim wanted to break away from the expected seasonal trends. Their ongoing mission at KENZO is to convey freshness to the brand while at the same time continuing to surprise and shake up the “jungle” of fashion.