words by Nadia ten Hove

In a unique collaboration, KENZO and Levi’s® have introduced a capsule collection embodying the fusion of Japanese heritage and American workwear.

The brainchild of creative director Nigo at KENZO, this collection of twenty pieces and accessories showcases premium Japanese Kaihara denim, blending functionality and historical significance. Nigo’s passion for denim harmonizes perfectly with the legacy of Kenzo Takada, resulting in a dialogue between American style, Japanese craftsmanship, and Kenzo’s influence.

Captured in a mesmerizing campaign set in Kyoto, the collection’s essence is distilled through the lens of filmmaker Umi Ishihara and photographer Ryu Ika, featuring models Abas Abdirazaq, Hayato, Masato Eun, Peipei, Sen Ping, and Shun.

The co-branded pieces carry the iconic Levi Strauss & Co. logo merged with KENZO’s emblematic Boke flower, creating a harmonious blend of cultures. Sashiko prints inspired by traditional Japanese stitching and revived floral patterns from the KENZO JEANS archive adorn the garments, adding a touch of heritage and contemporary flair.

The denim collection boasts intricately designed jackets, such as the iconic Levi’s® Type II Trucker Jackets, complemented by blazers echoing the Bing Crosby denim tuxedo. Sleeveless denim dresses blend vintage charm with modern aesthetics, while the classic Levi’s® 501® Jeans are reimagined in vintage-wash and indigo styles, paired with leather and denim suspenders.

Accessories include denim ties, a cardholder featuring KENZO’s chainstitch technique, and a red Western bandana merging Levi’s® iconography with KENZO’s unique style. This collaboration masterfully captures the essence of East-meets-West, offering a timeless and authentic denim experience.