kenzo

kenzo

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Timeline
Established

1970

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Headquarters

Paris, France

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Founder

Kenzo Takada

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Parent Company

LVMH

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About

Kenzo is a French luxury fashion house founded in 1970 by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada. Known for its Asian influence on traditional European styles, the brand’s tiger emblem has become ubiquitous and spotted on celebs the world over and fronted everything from sweatshirts to accessories and homeware.

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Who is the current Kenzo designer?

Kenzo’s design is currently headed up by artistic director NIGO.

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What is the Kenzo logo?

Though some would consider the poppy to be indicative of Kenzo, the label is perhaps best known for its iconic Tiger logo. The tiger first appeared before former creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon took over. Their decision to remove the brand’s previously iconic flowers was originally met with criticism in the industry but became part and parcel with their approach to the label’s vision. In recent years, however, Kenzo’s flowers have returned.

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1970

Kenzo opens his first boutique called Jungle Jap.

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1983

Takada adds menswear and kids clothing to the Kenzo roster.

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1987

Kenzo homeware launches.

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1988

The Kenzo perfume line launches with Parfum d’été.

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1993

The label is bought by luxury fashion conglomerate LVMH.

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2000

Gilles Rosier takes over the house as head designer after Takada retires.

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2004

Antonio Marras is appointed as creative director.

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2012

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim become creative directors and head designers of the brand.

Kenzo teams up with Vans for the first in an ongoing series of collabs.

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2016

Kenzo teams up with H&M for a limited edition collab.

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2019

Portugese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista takes over as creative director of the brand.

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2021

Japanese streetwear designer NIGO becomes KENZO’s artistic director after Baptista leaves earlier in the year.

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