kenzo is launching a zine
The first edition of 'Kenzo Folio' celebrates Nigerian beauty and art.
Photography Ib Kamara.
After conquering fashion and film at Kenzo, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are taking on publishing. The Parisian brand has announced the launch of a new quarterly zine called Kenzo Folio. The publication will team up with established and up-and-coming creatives to showcase Kenzo's collections. The first issue explores the lives of the indigenous Igbo people of Nsukka, in southeast Nigeria. Titled Gidi gidi bu ugwu eze — which translates to "Unity is Strength" — Kenzo has worked closely with photographers Ib Kamara and Crack Stevens to make sure the project is representative of the country's creative scene.
Gidi gidi bu ugwu eze will be launched at 20 European Kenzo stores, and an accompanying video will premiere on the house's website on April 27. While this is the most ambitious publishing project Carol and Humberto have taken on, it's not their first venture into the world of zines. In 2013, they teamed up with Italian arts publication Toiletpaper to create KenZine. We loved that offering, and have no doubt we're going to love this one too.
Text Wendy Syfret