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The passenger ship Cambodia underway
Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada (10) On a slow boat to Paris

As prosperity came to Japan, I embarked on a voyage that would shape my career

| Japan

It was 1964, the year that Tokyo hosted the Olympics. Young people decked out in the Ivy League look were gathering on Miyuki Street in Ginza. They wore slim cotton trousers, and for some reason they all carried around big paper or jute bags. This was the birth of the Miyuki-zoku subculture.

I gazed at them with deep interest as I made my way to and from work at Sanai's planning office. Also a fan of the Ivy League look, I would swagger down the street wearing a plaid shirt under a Van jacket. In those days, Ginza was the place where Japan's latest fashion trends got started.

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