A spokesman at the company’s parent, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said the reason for the closure is the house had planned to confine its U.S. retail operations to its largest unit, a 3,500-square foot store at 80 Wooster Street in New York’s SoHo. There are no plans to close that site.
Kenzo shut two other U.S. units recently: A 2,000-square-foot location at 805 Madison Avenue in New York last November, and a 1,500-square-foot store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., last summer.
Kenzo’s whimsical silhouettes and exotic materials for men and women once notched $200 million in sales worldwide. LVMH would not divulge current sales figures for the division it acquired in 1993.
Since founder and designer Kenzo Takada retired in 1999, Gilles Rosier has taken over the reins for the women’s division while Roy Krejberg has been the creator for men’s. Kenzo does not now ship to American specialty or department stores.