Kenzo

Kenzo

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With its abundant prints, vibrant color combinations and cultural influences from all over the world, Kenzo offers a luxuriant and versatile world where spontaneity takes control. Welcome to the urban jungle!

Creation date: 1970
CEO: Sylvie Colin
Head office: 18, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris - France
Website: www.kenzo.com

Identity

In 1970, Kenzo Takada installed a patch of jungle in the Galerie Vivienne in the heart of Paris. With its colorful prints and declaration of freedom, Kenzo shook up the couture codes of the time by irreverently breaking the rules. 

Fall-Winter 2019 show © Kenzo

Architecture

The history of 18 rue Vivienne, Kenzo’s current head office, is filled with sudden developments and famous owners. This now legendary address is located a short distance from the Galerie Vivienne that was home to the House’s first Parisian boutique in 1970. In 1640, Jacques Coquet, the treasurer of France and controller-general of finances for Paris, asked the architect Pierre Le Muet to build him a mansion with two wings, one looking out onto the street and the other between a courtyard and a garden.

Through exchanges, sales, division and inheritance, it passed from owner to owner, including the Marquis de Mallebois, Master of Requests and Colbert’s nephew, the Marquis de Fontenay-Trésigny, war minister under Louis XV, before becoming, in a fitting twist of fate, a House selling silk and wool. Shaped by time, 18 rue Vivienne today houses most of the Kenzo departments, including the studio, the workshop, the support functions and product development, and today powerfully embodies the House’s spirit.

 

18 rue Vivienne © Gabriel de la Chapelle
18 rue Vivienne © Gabriel de la Chapelle

Key figures

  • 122 stores around the world
  • 525 employees around the world
  • 28 different nationalities

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