Interior Design with Kenzo Takada – After a long time doing partnerships and collaborations with the best interior design, cosmetic, and perfume brands, the designer ended up creating a concept interior design brand called K3. The high-end interior design brand was present at a Parisian home show and the new K3 boutique in the French capital.
Kenzo was born in Japan and lives in Paris. After a long journey in his brand, the fashion designer retired to pursue his dream. In 1999, six years after selling his eponymous brand to the LVMH group, Kenzo Takada withdrew from the fashion world.
“I wanted to retire at the age of 60 so I left Kenzo in 2000 to retire, to travel. But travel and vacations weren’t enough for me. I needed something exciting, an adventure. After I retired from Kenzo I did a lot of collaborations with several brands such as Roche Bobois and then I realized I wanted a new brand and that’s how I imagined K3. K3 stands for K as Kenzo and the 3 means Enzo. If you read it together, it is Kenzo. But 3 it is also the balance, harmony in the Japanese culture. It is a blend of what Kenzo is today.”
Always celebrating the lifestyle, Kenzo loves to have people at home, and to bring his way of living into the house of others was the key to creating K3. To create k3, Kenzo involved around 250 people. The collection stands out from others: the fabrics in the collection feature various print with vivid colours such as magenta, as well as subtle tones such as white, and the detailed combination of silver and black.
The brand defines itself as being “soft and poetic”. The most challenging part of creating the brand was the time. “everything in September, the production and everything so we’ve had 4 months to create everything.
Interior Design with Kenzo Takada | “We’re very happy to have such a team who is so committed that we were all able to launch k3 on time and with a very good product”.
“We started 2 years ago, there were a few ideas but nothing finished. We just started production in September. Normally we would have wanted to launch later but everyone was expecting for us to launch in Paris. And of course, we will work in improving the pieces”.
All his creations carry a ‘kintsugi’ symbol, in honour of the Japanese art of repairing broken porcelain and ceramics with lacquer, mixed with powdered gold. Japan continues to be the biggest inspiration of the fashion designer. In k3, the designer used ‘Kensugi’ as a visual identity in the brand. “We’re using the Japanese culture and giving it a more modern and contemporary twist.”, the designer combines Japanese and western aesthetics and interprets them in his way.
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