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- Karl Lagerfeld has died at 85. For years, he famously refused to retire.
- "Why should I stop working? If I do, I’ll die and it’ll all be finished," Lagerfeld said in a 2012 interview.
- Until his death on Tuesday, Lagerfeld worked as creative director at Chanel, Fendi, and his namesake fashion brand.
For years, rumors had circulated regarding when Lagerfeld would retire.
"Why should I stop working? If I do, I’ll die and it’ll all be finished," Lagerfeld said in a 2012 VogueTV interview.
"There’s something boring about people who have to go to an office for a living," he continued. "I wanted to do this job since I was a child. I love fashion. I’m lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. … I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored."
Lagerfeld reiterated his disdain for retirement in a 2016 Harper’s Bazaar interview alongside Kendall Jenner.
"Everyone wants to know and hopes I retire so they can get the jobs," Lagerfeld said. "But my contracts with Fendi and Chanel are lifelong."
Ultimately, Lagerfeld’s lifelong commitment to his positions was proven genuine. When he died on Tuesday, he was the creative director at his namesake fashion brand, as well as creative director of both the Chanel and Fendi houses.
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