“I still remember the first time I saw ‘The Dream’ by Henri Rousseau. It was love at first sight. Specifically, ‘The Dream’ and the jungle, I was overwhelmed with emotion,” recalled Kenzo Takada, designer and founder of Kenzo. Completely taken by Rousseau’s artistry, Takada decorated the interiors of his eponymous label’s first store in colours and prints inspired by the painting. Today, Kenzo’s current co-creative directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, pay tribute to Takada’s archives with the La Memento collection. The Rousseau’s prints became the starting point for the new collection, which is in its third installment. The season’s Clutch Bag borrows from the French painter’s palette. Stripped of the ornate archetypes of “The Dream”, what remains is a nylon exterior that alludes to the sensibilities of the image. The rustic world of Rousseau’s jungle is further called to mind with the raw construct of the carryall, whose circular silhouette is topped off with a casual knot.
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