Kenzo Takada relocated to Paris by way of Japan in 1960 as a recent graduate of the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. Takanda was initially inspired by Parisian and European fashion and sought to blend this inspiration with Japanese and Asian aesthetics, all while maintaining a playful and eclectic use of shapes and color. Takanda founded Kenzo in 1970 and his bold designs mirrored his unorthodox and fun approach to creating runway shows. Kenzo’s youthful image and playful interpretations of Parisian staples continues to shape the house today. With newly appointed Artistic Director Nigo continuing the brand's legacy, iconic graphic prints, lighthearted silhouettes, and Japanese and Parisian influenced styling maintain the original vision of the legendary house.