Kenzo Takada is a Japanese fashion designer, best known for his eponymous label Kenzo.
Born in Himeiji, Japan, in 1940 to traditional innkeeper parents. his interest in fashion developed at an early age through reading his sister’s magazines.
In 1960, he won the prestigious Soen prize. and began working for the Sanai department store as a designer of girl’s clothing, making up to 40 styles every month.
In 1964, Kenzo moved to Paris. He took some time to settle in. but eventually he started sketching.
He opened his first boutique in 1970. Called Jungle Jap. it was housed in a former antique clothing store at the Gallerie Vivienne that Kenzo renovated himself. It was also the venue of his first show. The shop later moved to 28 Passage Choiseul in Paris’ 2e arrondissement, where his clothes started attracting more attention.
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