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Levi’s and Kenzo Drop Nigo-Designed Denim

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There are two new ways to wear denim designed by Nigo.

Kenzo released the third drop in a series of limited-edition capsule collections for Spring 2022 designed by the Japanese streetwear pioneer. It is the brand’s most comprehensive capsule wardrobe to hit stores since Nigo’s appointment as Kenzo’s artistic director in September 2021.

The collection resolves around denim and Kenzo’s boke flower logo created by Nigo. The collection is comprised of eight pieces for women and seven pieces for men, though all designs are all genderless in nature. Denim blouses are embroidered with the boke logo, which also appears on the pockets of elongated denim jackets, trousers and a knee-length skirt. Patch pocket overshirts, oversized T-shirts and relaxed-fit T-shirts round out the collection.

Levi's and Kenzo Drop Nigo-Designed Denim
Kenzo

Meanwhile, Levi’s introduced a second collaboration with Human Made, the Japanese streetwear label founded by Nigo, Thursday exclusively on the Levi’s app. The two-piece men’s collection “travels through time to bring modern recreations of classic Levi’s silhouettes to life in a traditional Japanese setting,” Levi’s stated.

The collection offers the 1944 501 jean and the 506 Trucker jacket, both made in Japan. Co-branded details like shank buttons and hangtags are used throughout. The collection retails for $295-$490.

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Levi's x Human Made
Levi’s x Human Made Courtesy

The jeans are made with 15-ounce Japanese shrink-to-fit selvedge denim and feature all the classic 501 details including the red tab, the leather two-horse backpatch and signature arcuate back pocket design, which is painted on instead of stitched on—a detail consistent with the original 1944 501.

The jacket comes in pre-shrunk 15-ounce Japanese selvedge denim and features an embroidered Human Made logo and “Gears for futuristic teenagers” tag line. There’s also a custom embroidered version of the Human Made duck that was specifically created for the collection. The duck is in flight, with the shape of the wings invoking the arcuate stitching on the back pocket of every Levi’s jean. There’s also a small red tip on the right wing of the duck that nods to Levi’s red tab.

Levi's x Human Made
Levi’s x Human Made Courtesy

The collection is highlighted in a campaign created by Nigo. Shot in the historic Eirakukan Kabuki Theater in Japan, the location was chosen for the “past-meets-present approach” to the collaboration. Built in 1901, it is the oldest Kabuki theater in the country that is still standing in its original location.

Levi’s first teamed with Human Made last summer on a set that included aged 501 jeans and a 1950s-style Type 2 Levi’s Trucker jacket. More recently, Human Made dropped a range of Western denim inspired by vintage washes.