On Sunday, Paris-based Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, who’s famous for creating the international luxury fashion house Kenzo, died in Paris due to Covid-19 related complications, a spokesperson for Takada’s K-3 brand said in a statement.
“It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada.
The world-renowned designer passed away on October 4th, 2020 due to Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81 at the American Hospital, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France,” the statement read.
In 1970, Takada swayed Paris with the debut of his fashion line. His first boutique called Jungle Jap was sold out, Takada’s designs were a disordered mix of loud colors and mismatched prints inspired by his world travels.
The well-known luxury designer began his flagship store in Paris’ Place des Victoires by 1976, and over the next thirty years, he gathered many recognitions and accomplishments including magazine covers, the launch of a perfume empire, and, in 1993, his brand’s purchase by luxury conglomerate LVMH before retiring to pursue other creative pursuits in 1999.
“Kenzo Takada was incredibly creative; 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,” Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, CEO of Takada’s K-3 brand, said in a statement.
“I had the chance to work alongside him for many years, always in awe, admiring his curiosity and his open-mindedness.
He seemed quiet and shy at first, but he was full of humor.He was generous and always knew how to look after the people close to his heart. He had a zest for life… Kenzo Takada was the epitome of the art of living,” Manheim added.