Felipe Oliveira Baptista will quit his position as creative director of Kenzo this summer, not even two years after being appointed. The news also comes just three months after the death of founder Kenzo Takada.
As anticipated last week by FashionNetwork.com, the Portuguese designer, ex-creative director of Lacoste, replaces Carol Lim and Humberto Leon as creative director at LVMH-owned Kenzo, also overseeing its brand image.
Fast Retailing has taken a minority interest in Lemaire, the brand established by Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran, and is deepening the Uniqlo link with the man who is artistic director at its Paris R&D Centre.
Uniqlo said customer demand has led it to begin taking earlier-than-expected advance orders for the game wear that Roger Federer wore at Wimbledon as its new deal with the tennis champ starts to pay off.
Uniqlo has announced a partnership with tennis champion Roger Federer who has become the Japanese retail giant’s newest global brand ambassador. He'll wear Christophe Lemaire-designed pieces using Dry Ex technology.