Kenzo on Wednesday introduced that it has named Tomoaki ‘Nigo’ Nagao of A Bathing Ape as new inventive director following rumors that the gifted Japanese creator can be taking on on the Paris-based home.
Nigo, a notably creative determine primarily based in Tokyo, succeeds Felipe Oliveira Baptista who left Kenzo final June after simply two years on the home. His departure got here simply 9 months after the founder Kenzo Takada died in October 2020, aged 81.
Kenzo is one in every of a dozen style manufacturers throughout the large French luxurious conglomerate LVMH, which acquired the home from its founder again in 1993.
“I’m joyful to welcome Nigo because the inventive director of the Maison Kenzo. The arrival of a particularly gifted Japanese designer will enable us to jot down a brand new chapter within the historical past of the Home that Takada Kenzo-san based. I’m satisfied that the creativity and innovation of Nigo in addition to his attachment to the historical past of the Home will totally specific all of the potential of Kenzo,” stated Sidney Toledano, chairman and CEO of the LVMH Style Group, and member of the chief committee of LVMH.
The appointment of Nigo is efficient on September 20, 2021.
“I’m proud to have been appointed inventive director of Kenzo. I used to be born within the yr that Takada Kenzo-san [Mr. Kenzo Takada] opened his first retailer in Paris. We each graduated from the identical style college in Tokyo,” stated Nigo in an announcement.
“In 1993, the yr that Kenzo joined the LVMH Group, I began my profession in style. Kenzo-san’s strategy to creating originality was by his understanding of many alternative cultures. It’s also the essence of my very own philosophy of creativity. Inheriting the spirit of Kenzo-san’s craftmanship to create a brand new Kenzo is the best problem of my 30-year profession, which I intend to realize along with the group. Lastly, I wish to thank Bernard Arnault and Sidney Toledano for giving me this excellent alternative,” concluded Nigo.
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