Kenzo (brand)

Kenzo (stylized as KENZO PARIS) is a French luxury fashion house founded in 1970 by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada and owned by parent company LVMH.[2]

Kenzo S.A.
TypeSociété Anonyme / Subsidiary of public company
Founded1970; 52 years ago (1970)
FounderKenzo Takada
Key people
Nigo (Artistic Director)
Footnotes / references


Kenzo Takada, 1970–1998Edit

Kenzo Takada was born in Japan and moved to Paris in 1964 to start his fashion career.[3] He then became known for using Asian and Japanese influenced style with the construction of European fashion. He started with a 'Jungle Jap' boutique located at Galerie Vivienne and decorated in jungle inspired interior. He began with handmade women's clothing; reportedly, he made his first collection with $200 worth of fabrics bought at a large discount house in Montmartre.[4] The brand became Kenzo after a fashion show in New York in 1976, as the American market considered 'Jungle Jap' too pejorative.[5]

In 1983, Kenzo started designing men and then kids and home collections in 1987, followed by fragrances in 1988.[5]

In 1993, luxury-products maker LVMH acquired Kenzo from SEBP and Financière Truffaut for about $80 million.[6] From 1995, Kenzo also produced Kenzo Studio, a line was produced through a licensing agreement with the Bonaventure Group. While Kenzo developed the line's fashion direction, Studio was sold only in the U.S. and Kenzo retail stores in China.[7]

Later yearsEdit

From 1999 until 2003, Gilles Rosier and Roy Krejberg designed the women's and men's lines, respectively.[8]

From 2006 until 2008, over 100 of Kenzo's stores worldwide were refurbished.[9]

From 2008 until 2011, Antonio Marras served as Kenzo's creative director, overseeing the brand in its entirety.[9][10] By 2011, Kenzo barely broke even, with annual sales estimated at 150 million euros ($197.4 million).[11][12]

By 2017, Kenzo built the accessories and shoe business to almost 30 percent of revenues.[13] In 2019, Kenzo ended its distribution agreement with I.T to take back control of its 35 stores in China via a joint venture with the same partner.[14] Under the creative direction of Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Kenzo launched a line of men's and women's sportswear, titled Kenzo Sport.[15] In April 2021, Kenzo said it would part ways with Oliveira Baptista by the end of his term in June.[16]

In September 2021, Kenzo appointed Nigo as their new artistic director.[17][18][19]


Kenzo has expanded rapidly in the time since its first American store has opened, as of June 2021 it now operates 6 locations in the US:

In June 2020, Kenzo unveiled its first American flagship store in SoHo, Manhattan.[22][23]

Additionally it has nearly 145 stores worldwide primarily concentrated in South East Asia, Japan and Europe[21]

Role in popular cultureEdit

The character Kenzo Harper in the BBC sitcom My Family is named after the fashion brand. In 2012, designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim unveiled a knitted sweater with a tiger graphic on it for Kenzo's Fall 2012 collection.[24][25] Leon wanted to make a sweatshirt version of the sweater for him to wear.[26][27] Despite initial resistance from Kenzo's design team,[28][29] the tiger sweatshirts became extremely popular, with the initial run of sweatshirts selling out within hours at Kenzo's Paris location.[28] Since 2011, the tiger shirt and clothing designed by Leon and Lim[30][31] has been worn by celebrities and fashion bloggers including Jay Z, Kevin Hart, Beyoncé, Zooey Deschanel, Swizz Beatz, Selena Gomez, Spike Jonze, Joan Smalls, Lorde, NorthernSound and Rihanna.[citation needed]

For the Fall 2014 collection, Kenzo collaborated with filmmaker David Lynch, who mixed the soundtrack for the show and provided a large sculpture.[32]

For the Fall and Winter 2016 collection, Kenzo produced the campaign film The Realest Real starring Laura Harrier, Mahershala Ali, Natasha Lyonne, and Rowan Blanchard, and directed by Carrie Brownstein.[33][34] Also in 2016, Sean Baker (The Florida Project, Red Rocket) directed a short film starring model Abbey Lee called Snowbird for Kenzo SS16.[35]


In 2016, Kenzo announced its collaboration with H&M. Kenzo X H&M collection was released on 3 November 2016.[36] The fashion house also collaborates with Inglot Cosmetics company, which manufactures make-up products.[37] On 21 March 2018 Kenzo revealed Britney Spears as the face of its new 'La Collection Memento No. 2' campaign.[38] The collaboration, marketed as #KenzoLovesBritney, features a variety of ready-to-wear nostalgic denim pieces for men and women.[39]

See moreEdit


Loïc Prigent, THE KENZO RENAISSANCE! With NIGO! by Loïc Prigent, Youtube 9 avril 2022



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