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Japanese Fashion Designer Left $100M Fortune After Coronavirus-Related Death

KEY POINTS

  • Kenzo Takada passed away due to COVID-19 complications on Sunday, Oct. 4
  • The iconic Japanese fashion designer launched home and lifestyle brand K3 this year
  • He sold the Kenzo brand to LVMH in 1999

Kenzo Takada passed away at the age of 81 on Sunday, Oct. 4, from complications linked to the coronavirus. 

The renowned Japanese fashion designer had an estimated net worth of around $100 million at the time of his death, Celebrity Net Worth reported.

Takada built a name for himself as someone who brought Japanese design artistry to global consciousness. He enrolled in Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, becoming one of the first male students to study design at the school. He then took his craft to Paris, France in the mid-’60s and spent the rest of his career there.

Takada opened his first store, Jungle Jap, in 1970 and debuted his clothes in Tokyo and

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Japanese Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada Died at the Age of 81 From COVID-19

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Kenzo Takada, the Japanese-French designer and founder of Kenzo, has died from COVID-19 at the age of 81, a spokesman confirmed to The Guardian. He died in the American hospital in Paris.

Takada was born in 1939 near Osaka and was known for his colorful prints and made a name for himself as the first Japanese designer to become a well-known Paris fashion designer. He came to France in 1965 and lived there for the remainder of his life. The Guardian noted that Takada had only planned to stay a short while when he arrived in Marseille, but soon Paris became his home.

With his “nearly 8,000 designs,” the Japanese designer “never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living,” his spokesman said. In 1970, he launched a collection for women, his first collection in Paris. He had

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Kenzo Takada, Who Brought Japanese Fashion to the World, Dies at 81

“His first fashion shows were memorable,” Mr. Gabet said. “Light and playful, with models more dancing and walking than presenting clothes, faraway from the hierarchical vision of French couture.”

Known for his sense of fun, Mr. Takada — who disliked being known as a “Japanese designer” since he considered himself a “fashion designer” first — staged shows in a circus tent, and with himself riding an elephant. They were “legendary, and the toughest ticket in town,” said Gene Pressman, former co-chief executive of Barney’s. “He was a cult figure for the young and young-hearted.”

Mr. Takada introduced men’s wear in 1983, a jeans line in 1986 and perfume in 1988, but by 1993, struggling after his life partner died and his business partner had a stroke, Mr. Takada decided to sell his company to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the French fashion conglomerate, for approximately $80 million. Though he initially

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Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

PARIS (Reuters) – Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, better known as Kenzo, who created his label in Paris in the 1970s, died on Sunday, the brand that still carries his name said.

Aged 81, Takada died of complications linked to COVID-19 at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the western outskirts of the capital, his spokesman told French media.

Also known for its perfumes and skincare lines, the Kenzo brand was sold in the early 1990s to LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group, and has since had several other creative directors.

Under Kenzo Takada, it was known for its colourful motifs and original silhouettes, which mixed inspirations from Japan, such as the kimono, with other cuts.

“For half a century, Mr Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry – always infusing creativity and colour into the world,” the Kenzo brand said in

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Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19 | Europe

Kenzo Takada, 81, died at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, his spokesman says.

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, famous for creating the world-renowned Kenzo brand, has died from complications linked to COVID-19 at the age of 81, according to his spokesman.

Takada was hospitalised at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the western outskirts of the French capital, the spokesman told several French media outlets on Sunday.

His death comes 50 years after he launched his first collection in Paris.

He retired from fashion in 1999, six years after selling his eponymous fashion brand to luxury conglomerate LVMH, and dedicated his time to one-off projects, including a design collection at the start of this year.

‘Paris is mourning’

Known especially for his signature floral prints, Takada came to France from his native Japan in 1965 by boat, landing in Marseille before making his

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Japanese Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada Died at the Age of 81

Kenzo Takada, the Japanese-French designer and founder of Kenzo, has died from COVID-19 at the age of 81, a spokesman confirmed to The Guardian. He died in the American hospital in Paris.

Takada was born in 1939 near Osaka and was known for his colorful prints and made a name for himself as the first Japanese designer to become a well-known Paris fashion designer. He came to France in 1965 and lived there for the remainder of his life. The Guardian noted that Takada had only planned to stay a short while when he arrived in Marseille, but soon Paris became his home.

With his “nearly 8,000 designs,” the Japanese designer “never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living,” his spokesman said. In 1970, he launched a collection for women, his first collection in Paris. He had his first show for men in 1983 and his first perfume

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Kenzo Takada, first Japanese designer to conquer Paris fashion, dies aged 81

Japan’s most famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the global Kenzo brand, died in Paris on Sunday aged 81 after contracting Covid-19, his spokesman said.

Takada, the first Japanese designer to decamp to Paris and known especially for his signature floral prints, died in the American Hospital of Paris, the spokesman said in a statement.

His death comes 50 years after he launched his first collection in the French capital which he adopted as his home. “Every wall, every sky and every passer-by helps me build my collections,” he once said of the city.

He retired from fashion in 1999, six years after selling his eponymous fashion brand to luxury conglomerate LVMH, and dedicated his time to one-off projects, including a design collection at the start of this year.

– Dreamed of Paris –

Born in 1939 into a family of hoteliers, he chose to study art not catering,

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