"At KENNETH IZE they focus on reinterpreting examples of Nigerian craft to create an original perspective on luxury production within textile and fashion. They work with a community of weavers, and also with a variety of artisan and design groups across Nigeria. The label is devoted to the long-established traditions of craft and local artisanship, merging a contemporary design aesthetic with a specifically local handcraft practice. It is an approach we aim to expand upon to include other design cultures around Africa and abroad. There is the strong belief that in exploring and nurturing existing cultures, one opens up an exciting territory for creating and inspiring future traditions.
AW19 was about pushing the artisanal techniques they use into a new realm; it was a celebration of the work of artisans which have been the foundation of the brand since its conception. This season was also the introduction of their collaborations with SAGAN Vienna and HKG Embroideries."