Covid-19 takes away the Japanese fashion designer Kenzo in Paris
The Japanese founder of the Kenzo fashion brand has died at the age of 81 from Covid-19, according to a spokesman for the firm quoted by French media.
Kenzo Takada was hospitalized 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 where he settled in the 1960s and spent the rest of his career there.
Who is Takada?
Takada who was born in 1939 near Osaka, was known for his colorful graphic and floral prints, he came to France from his native Japan in 1965 by boat, landing in Marseille before making his way to Paris.
He founded the internationally known brand under his first name in the 1970s. He launched a men’s line in 1983, and later in the 1980s the more casual sportswear lines Kenzo Jeans and Kenzo Jungle.
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.
To date, France has registered 629,509 confirmed coronavirus infections and 32,171 related deaths.
With cases spiking in recent days, authorities are expected to roll out new curbs in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. On Saturday alone, officials reported 16,972 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily number since the country began widespread testing.