Carol and Humberto grew up in the Californian sunshine of suburban Los Angeles. They describe their younger selves as mall rats, and the influence of American culture on their designs and collaborations can be seen to this day, with New Era baseball caps and Vans sneakers, staples of Californian cool.  

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We devised our entire Spring/Summer 2014 collection as an homage to California, and the way people around the globe dream of it. As Asian-American kids from LA who now divide their time between Paris and New York, Carol and Humberto continue to mix East and West in their own way, a vital part of the DNA of KENZO.