Who is Alex Koo? Alber Elbaz's partner also worked with him at Lanvin

Eve Edwards April 25, 2021

Who is Alber Elbaz’s partner, Alex Koo? News of the beloved fashion designer’s death was announced on 24 April 2021, with many reflecting on his legacy with Lanvin. While at Lanvin, Elbaz worked with his long-term partner, Alex Koo.

On 25 April 2021, it was reported that Alber Elbaz had passed away the day prior.

Elbaz, 59, was known for working with some of the major fashion houses including Yves Saint Laurent and a fourteen-year stint revitalising Lanvin.

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Who is Alex Koo?

Alex Koo is the long-term partner of Alber Elbaz. Like Elbaz, Koo also worked for Lanvin. Alex Koo worked as the Merchandising Director for Lanvin before he quietly left at the end of 2015. Koo had held the role for a decade.

Alex Koo and Alber Elbaz got together in 1993. They both worked together while at Lanvin.

The couple lived in Paris, France, although they were known to frequently travel the world.

Alber Elbaz and Alex Koo’s relationship

In a joint interview from 2016, Alex Koo spoke about his relationship – at work and at home – with Alber Elbaz.

Koo said: “You know, both of us are workaholics, and we love what we do. It’s not like we have family and children to divert our attention and time. And like Alber always says, Lanvin was like his baby, it was also our baby. And we put everything in there and we worked with our hearts. So, of course, at work it was a bit challenging because he was the big boss. But at home… no,no,no… you know… and it’s not always easy to leave everything behind when you close the front door. But there is a lot of patience and understanding between us. We really trust each other.”

Alber Elbaz: Death

On 24 April 2021, Alber Elbaz passed away at the age of 59. He died as a result of Covid-19.

He died at the American Hospital in Paris, France.

Johann Rupert, Richemont’s founder and chairman, said in a statement published on 25 April 2021: “I have lost not only a colleague but a beloved friend. Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures. I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent, and his singular vision, sense of beauty and empathy leave an indelible impression.”

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