By  on April 24, 2019

In New York for the U.S. debut of his self-titled book, Kenzo Takada wasn’t really eager to talk about himself.

Self promotion and nostalgia do not enthrall him. The designer was more energized, and at times puzzled, in discussing the current state of fashion. The Japanese-born Takada first arrived in Paris in 1965 and unveiled his first shop Jungle Jap in Galerie Vivienne in 1970. In the years that followed he embedded creative freedom, diversity, see-now-buy-now and collaborations into his design ethos. Surprised to learn that his name was referenced in a 1969 WWD article highlighting up-and-coming Japanese designers like Masaaki Kawashima and Hanae Mori, Takada said, “I hadn’t started yet.”

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