After graduating in fashion aged 25 from Tokyo’s prestigious Bunka College, Kenzo Takada set off to try his luck in Paris, the fashion capital he had dreamed about. He sailed into Marseille in January 1965 after a month-and-a-half journey by boat and made his way to Paris.
Armed with a huge smile and insatiable curiosity, he quickly built up a reputation by selling his sketches and working at different fashion houses. In 1970 he opened his first store, Jungle Jap, in the Galerie Vivienne shopping arcade. He presented his collections to the press, who spotted his talent right away, and KENZO was born. Season after season, until he stepped down from the house in 1999, he propagated a multicultural style that lies somewhere between East and West; a fresh, elegant, dramatic mix dominated by motifs and impeccable tailoring.