Takekoshi, Nao (1966)

Nao Takekoshi is a Japanese designer who collaborates with many luxury brands and has founded the re: edition project 165.

From Tokyo and New York to Europe

After studying at Parsons School of Design in New York, the Japanese fashion designer took his first steps in the fashion world in Tokyo and Paris.

In the 1990s, he worked for many renowned fashion houses, such as Tom Ford‘s Gucci, before becoming Head Designer for Donna Karan in 1995 and for Jil Sander in 1999.

In 2000, he arrived in Italy, in Florence, as the creative director of Allegri. In the meantime, he collaborates with European luxury brands such as Burberry.

In 2012, he began working for Calvin Klein in New York, while in 2023 he was named creative director of Wolford, an Austrian brand of tights and lingerie.

Kylie Jenner wears Wolford from Nao Takekoshi
Kylie Jenner wears Wolford from Nao Takekoshi

The Nao Takekoshi and re:edition project 165 brands

In 2001, Takekoshi founded his eponymous brand, but the designer’s name continues to grow especially through his collaborations with renowned brands.

In 2017, he launched the re:edition project 165 brand in Tokyo, whose objective is to create comfortable garments with a minimalist aesthetic. Takekoshi’s modern luxury combines a careful selection of fabrics with precise tailoring and a pattern-making that the designer defines as “conceptual.”

re: edition project 165, season 5
re: edition project 165, season 5

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