This Sunday, Nigo will present his long-awaited debut collection as the artistic director of Kenzo.
While the Paris Fashion Week presentation will mark Nigo’s first official collection at the helm of a luxury fashion house, the legendary Japanese designer has been cultivating his own version of luxury for decades. From his era-defining tenure at Bape to his more recent collaborations with Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton, Nigo has long been at the forefront of making streetwear feel like a coveted commodity, a new form of luxury that only in rent years has been adopted by purists in the luxury word.
Perhaps Pharrell said it best, speaking to Complex back in 2013, “Nigo is a sage, an unstoppable force that will always continue to inspire.”
Ahead of Nigo’s debut show with Kenzo this weekend, take a look at some of the biggest milestones that got him to this point, below. —Mike DeStefano