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And now a brief history of how those ubiquitous Kenzo sweatshirts almost never happened, per Kenzo designer Carol Lim: "There was a lot of resistance [internally] because they said, 'We don't make sweatshirts, we don't have that category in our system.' And [she and co-designer Humberto Leon] said, 'We're going to make it, and you better make a category in the system because it's going to happen.' Long story short, Lim won, and then they sold all of them almost immediately. [WWD]