Kenneth Ize to partner with Karl Lagerfeld for a 2021 collection

The first African designer to partner with the brand

Our NATIVE 11 alum, Kenneth Ize’s homegrown brand has grown exponentially over the years and has since been spotted on everyone from Donald Glover to Naomi Campbell. This year, he’s already racked up pretty impressive accolades, and his official Paris Fashion Week debut last February stunned crowds and showed more of his boundless talent.

His blend of colourful, bold patterns and prints continuously sets him apart for men and women’s contemporary fashion and streetwear and also landed him a prized finalist spot on the 2019 edition of the LVMH prize for young designers. Although he did not carry the winning prize from the eponymous Lagerfeld award, it has just been announced that Karl Lagerfeld has cooked up a spring capsule collection with the Nigerian designer. Kenneth Ize will be the first black designer, and the first African to collaborate with the high-fashion brand.


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KARL LAGERFELD proudly announces a collaboration with designer @kennethize to co-create a Spring 2021 capsule collection, featuring elements of traditional African artistry and craftsmanship. Further details will be revealed in the coming months. #KARLXKENNETH

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Speaking about the upcoming collaboration, Kenneth Ize shared that “The breadth of Karl’s work has been very inspiring to me, and it’s an honour to be working with his namesake maison”, and that the upcoming collaboration would be a “[combination] of Karl’s Parisian-chic aesthetic with elements of traditional African artistry.”

The Ize capsule will be available at select Karl Lagerfeld stores and at only in April 2021, and the Lagerfeld Maison said they will be unveiling further details about this collaboration in the coming months.

Congratulations Kenneth.

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