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Japanese designer Kenzo Takada has decided to leave the Kenzo fashion house he founded 30 years ago to spend more time traveling and visiting friends, his Paris-based company said on Saturday.

His last collection, for spring-summer 2000, will be presented on October 7 along with a retrospective of his colorful work.

"I'm 60 and I have 30 years in the business behind me. For a long time I have wanted to get more out of life, to travel, to see my friends," Kenzo said.

Frenchman Gilles Rosier will oversee women's design, while Danish designer Roy Krejberg will take charge of men's fashion.

The house of Kenzo is owned by luxury goods group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

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