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TOUCHING TRIBUTES

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Kenzo’s creative director, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, has collaborat­ed with celebrated Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto on a capsule collection of lively tiger drawings printed on youthful T-shirts and sweatpants, in honour of the playful spirit embodied in both Kenzo and Yamamoto’s brands. “I believe this is probably how both Kenzo and Kansai would have liked to be remembered,” says Oliviera Baptista. Sadly, both designers passed away in 2020. “Both dedicated their lives to infusing joy into the world through their work. My favourite piece is a black T-shirt with a Kansai tiger head on the front and, on the back, in Japanese calligraph­y handwritte­n by Kansai Yamamoto himself, three lines that read: Kenzo, Kansai, Felipe.”

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