Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, universally known as Kenzo, died yesterday at 81 from complications from Covid-19 at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Kenzo was the first Japanese designer to settle in Paris, where he developed his entire career reaching international fame. The collection for spring / summer 2021 of the brand, designed by Felipe Oliveira Baptista since the beginning of the year, went on the catwalk only last September 30th in Paris. The brand has been owned by the LVMH group since 1993 but Kenzo has always continued to support it: his absence at the last show is explained by the worsening of his conditions. The career of the Japanese creative has always been atypical: born on February 27, 1939 in Himeniji, a town in the Kansai region, despite an interest in fashion developed from an early age, at 18 at the behest of his parents he enrolled at Kyoto University to studying literature, then abandoning his studies after a year and enrolling at the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, a famous Japanese fashion school that was open only to women until that year: Kenzo was the first male student. In 1964, at the suggestion of his professors, he moved to Paris, which soon became his city. In 1970 he opened his first boutique, renamed Jungle Jap, in an old shop inside the Vivienne Galleries, not far from the Pais Royal. In 1983 he launched the men’s collection, in 1988 the first perfume arrived, Kenzo de Kenzo, although the brand’s best seller, Flower by Kenzo, was launched in 2000. After the sale of the brand to LVMH in 1993, Kenzo remained for another 6 years at the helm of the brand, before retiring in 1999. He was succeeded by the creative guide of the maison Antonio Marras (2003-2011), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (2011-2019) and, from this year, the Portuguese Felipe Oliveira Baptista.