Xavier de Castella was a partner of Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzo Takada, who founded Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skin care products, and clothing, and became the honorary acting president of the Asian Couture Federation. Kenzo died of coronavirus, according to CNN.
Paris-based Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, famous for creating the international luxury fashion house Kenzo, has died due to Covid-19 related complications, a spokesman for his K-3 brand said in a statement. https://t.co/hq5yFTJxxl
— CNN (@CNN) October 4, 2020
Kenzo Takada Legacy
Takada was born in 1939 near Osaka and went to France in 1965. He founded his brand in the 1970s and gained international recognition. He started a men’s line in 1983, followed by casual sportswear Kenzo Jeans and Kenzo Jungle. The BBC reported that it sold its brand to LVMH, a luxury conglomerate in 1993, and retired from fashion in 1999.
He made a name for himself in Paris, France with his bold designs, creative color choices and incompatible prints. He moved to Paris in the 1960s and settled in the city where he would spend the rest of his career.
Kenzo is part of the LVMH luxury conglomerate. Sidney Toledano, president and chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group, told WWD he was a fan of Kenzo’s work from the 1970s.
Kenzo Takada Death
Kenzo died in a French hospital due to a COVID-19 complication on October 4, 2020. He was 81 years old, as his company explained.