Kimhēkim’s love for giant bows, pinned pearl buttons and exaggerated tailoring is captivating. Contrary to what you might imagine of a Korean fashion label, Kiminte Kimhekim’s fame is not necessarily linked to the rise of K-pop culture or dressing Korean celebrities. Instead, the designer, known professionally as Kimhēkim, gained his cult following of 200,000 Instagram fans because of his distinctive aesthetic: minimalist forms with maximalist details.
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A former intern at Balenciaga during the Nicolas Ghesquière era, Kimhekim is profoundly influenced by the craftsmanship, tailoring and archives of Cristóbal Balenciaga. He launched his label in 2014, debuting with a couture collection in a flower shop. “I spent ten years in Paris
and as a natural result, I had all the infrastructure needed there. There was really no reason for me to do the show in any other place than Paris,” says Kimhekim. He was invited to join La Federation de Haute Couture et de la Mode, the French fashion industry’s governing body, in 2019, and has shown regularly at Paris Fashion Week since.