June 26, 2013 Paris
From an Astroturf-covered terrace at the designers' Paris office building, Leon explained how they mimicked the grooves of an egg crate (see: trash bags lining their suburban streets) by cutting and pulling fabric from the inside. The wet effect on a cropped cotton shirt was the result of twisting and glazing the thread before it was woven. At this point, you start to understand just how committed Leon and Lim are to furthering the Kenzo innovation credo but within a more personal, laid-back context.
Fabric research and development begins for Lim and Leon eight to ten months before designing, which means they have already determined Resort 2015. This is what they love doing the most, said Lim. In the immediate future, they are throwing a Fourth of July barbecue party in Paris—because you can't take the California out of these two, and nor should you.