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With only enough money to afford flea-market fabrics, Kenzo Takada’s fashion career began when he was just a teenager. In 1970, after graduating from Tokyo’s Bunka College of Fashion, Kenzo moved to Paris to open a small boutique called Jungle Jap. With its effortless cool and avant-garde aesthetic, the label thrived. Then, lights, camera, KENZO: one skincare line, many an oversized dungaree, and hundreds of iconic poppies later, Kenzo retired from fashion, leaving his house in the capable hands of his assistants. In 2011, it was announced that Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who met as teenagers in a Berkeley dorm room, would take over the brand, restoring its vibrant sense of fun and spontaneity. Jungle’s back, baby.


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