KEN OKADA'S INTERVIEW
"The most French of Japanese women has made a name for herself in the fashion world with her shirts. Available in all shapes and colors, Ken Okada's original style leaves no one indifferent and ensures his place in the Parisian microcosm."
KEN OKADA AND HER BRAND
The story begins when the Japanese Ken Okada graduated from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, just like Kenzo Takada and Yohji Yamamoto. It was then in 2001, that her eponymous fashion house "Ken Okada Paris", was born.
In January 2005 his first boutique opened in Paris, on the left bank, in the beautiful district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This store has now become a unique concept-shop, in the heart of Paris. Her collections have been sold, among others, at Takashimaya NY, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, Citadium and in very beautiful boutiques internationally - Milan New York, Kuwait, Melbourne, Berlin, Tokyo, etc.
In 2009, the exhibition "The History of the Ken Okada Shirt" at the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann made the brand aware that it had become the reference for modern shirts. The success is there, the brand conquers iconic personalities such as Claire Chazal, Chantal Thomass, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenzo Takada, Thierry Lhermitte, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor...
In 2010, she was appointed to create the uniforms for the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann Paris restaurant as well as the costumes for the dancers of the Paris Opera.
Prestigious collaborations, from the Hotel Lutétia, to the "Rendez-vous Toyota", via Repetto and Radio France, as well as laudatory publications in the press - Elle, L'Officiel, L'Express, Madame Figaro...- blossom over the years, thus testifying to the brand's singular character.
Celebrating her 15th year with the brand in 2015, Ken Okada takes it to the next level by participating in the 20th edition of the Designer Christmas Trees alongside the big names in luxury.
In parallel, many artistic projects have been realized by the designer, particularly in the film industry, as well as through clips and videos putting in motion her unique and singular creations.
It is always with great pleasure that Ken Okada proudly presents his collections each year, placing art at the heart of his creations and his "out of the ordinary" fashion shows: Hotel Lutetia, Hotel du Louvre, Pont des Arts, Place Vendôme, Hotel W Paris - Opera, Quartier Saint-Germain).
In 2021, the brand celebrates its 20th anniversary. 20 years of hard work and ever-renewed inventiveness, which will be celebrated through an event on the scale of the creative achievement of the designer, but also through a new project around "The Art of the Designer Shirt".