Kenzo Takada, founder of Kenzo, dies from COVID-19 aged 81

Kenzo Takada, founder of Kenzo, dies from COVID-19 aged 81

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, the founder of Kenzo, died due to COVID-19 related complications at the age of 81.

Takada created his first collection for women in 1970, his first show for men in 1983 and his first perfume, Kenzo Kenzo, in 1988.

“Takada infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom. I’m very sad to learn about his passing,” said LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault.

“I had the chance to work alongside him for many years, always in awe, admiring his curiosity and his open-mindedness. He was generous and always knew how to look after the people close to his heart. Kenzo Takada was the epitome of the art of living,” Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, CEO of Takada’s K-3 brand, launched in January of this year, said in a statement.

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