For his second collaboration with an artist, Felipe Oliveira Baptista has chosen to shine a light on Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. Kansai Yamamoto, who moved to London shortly after Kenzo Takada settled in Paris, was another pioneer in the fusion of western and eastern cultures, offering new takes on calligraphy motifs and the representation of animals in Japanese art.
Founded in Paris in 1970 by Japanese-born Kenzo Takada, Kenzo pioneered the combination of Japanese influenced fashion with French construction techniques. Kenzo today is known for its extensive fashion shows and influence in popular culture. In recent collections Kenzo has sought its roots with a stronger focus on classic pieces inspired by its Japanese/French connection.