Kenzo Designer Nigo Talks His Epic New Levi’s Collaboration


” The primary singer of the Checkers, Mr. Fumiya Fujii, when stated, ‘At the end of the day, the most trendy clothing is a set of denims and a plain T-shirt.'” Nigo informs GQ in an e-mail. “I still think this holds true today.”

It’s a cycle minute, then, that in the year the renowned 501 denims turns 150, Levi’s has actually partnered with Kenzo on a Fall 2023 pill collection created by Nigo. “When I began creating clothing, I normally created the clothing with the presumption that the clothing would be coupled with denims,” Nigo states. “The 501 is a huge impact [on what I do].”

The designer reveres Levi’s adequate that in his own substantial archive of American jeans pieces, the initial denims developed for miners and cowboys are a few of the most cherished pieces. “By really holding the vintage products in my hands, and turning them completely, I can see the workmanship and the information particularly in the early designs,” Nigo states. “By taking a look at them in the order in which they were made, I discover something brand-new whenever. Even today.”

For the partnership in between Kenzo and Levi’s, he reached deep into his impacts however likewise the Japanese brand name’s creator Kenzo Takada’s. “I evaluated and studied the denim archive Kenzo-san made,” he states. “I utilized the motivation from that archive, and likewise the theme and information that is real to Kenzo design, to come up with these brand-new styles.” And real to form, the Kenzo stamp is all over the collection, from the renowned Boke flower embossed on metal Levi’s shanks to the coats motivated by archive pieces from Kenzo’s ’80s Jungle line. Made up of around 20 pieces crafted mainly in Kaihara premium Japanese jeans, the collection is a real conference of Eastern and Western practices around the durable workwear fabric.

And for all he has actually achieved, for the lots of sets of denims he himself has actually developed– for A Bathing Ape, Billionaire Boys Club, and now Kenzo– Nigo still yields to those 501s. “Levi’s is the initial,” he states. “No one can ever end up being Levi’s.”

The whole collection drops today, October 4, in Kenzo shops worldwide, chosen Levi’s shops, and on and


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