Kenzo Takada: Japanese designer loses battle against Covid-19 age 81

Kenzo Takada who was born in 1939 near Osaka, arrived in France in 1965 by boat settling in Paris, his death comes 50 years after launching his brand Kenzo.

Takada founded the internationally known brand under his first name in the 1970s. Launching a men’s line in 1983, and later in 1980s his casual sportswear lines Kenzo Jungle and Kenzo Jeans. The Mayor of Paris  Anne Hidalgo paid tribute to him on Twitter: said “Designer of immense talent, he had given colour and light their place in fashion. Paris is now mourning one of its sons.”

A spokeswoman for the Kenzo, confirmed the news.

“Kenzo Takada was incredibly creative,” said Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, chief executive of K-3, the lifestyle company that Mr. Takada founded in January, though he had retired from fashion in 1999. “With a stroke of genius, he imagined a new artistic and colorful story combining East and West — his native Japan and his life in Paris. He had a zest for life …. Kenzo Takada was the epitome of the art of living.”

His clothing brand was sold to luxury conglomerate LVMH in 1993 and retired from fashion six years later.

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