May 13, 2021

Kenzo Takada Talks Fashion, Film and New Collaborations

NEW YORK — Seated on one of three Mahjong sofas that he reimagined for Roche Bobois in its Madison Avenue showroom here, Kenzo Takada reeled through his career and described his post-fashion life.
His latest collaboration with the French furniture brand is one of many and further evidence that his decision years ago to ditch plans to become an accountant was the right one. Having been in Japan, Paris and New York in the span of three days, the designer was fending off the 12-hour jet lag that accompanied that jaunt. But his deceptively energetic appearance even gave passport control officials reason to pause. “Two days ago at U.S. Customs, the person took the passport and she said, ‘It’s not true. That cannot be the right date.’ I said, ‘Yes, I’m 78,’” Takada said. “I’m very lucky to keep my health and just to have my mind.”
Of course, he has much more than that, having built a global fashion brand and licensing empire, which is now owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Not one to detail his achievements, never mind boast about them, when asked, Takada, said he is most proud of the fact that his name has survived “across so

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