Kim Jones to Leave Louis Vuit­ton

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Kim Jones is to exit Louis Vuit­ton af­ter show­ing his fall ’18 col­lec­tion for the brand in Paris. Jones has been men’s artis­tic di­rec­tor of LVMH Moët Hen­nessy Louis Vuit­ton’s flag­ship brand since 2011, par­lay­ing his zest for ex­otic travel into ul­tra lux­u­ri­ous col­lec­tions with un­der­stated cool and sly func­tion­al­ity. “It has been a huge priv­i­lege to work with Kim,” said Michael Burke, Vuit­ton’s chair­man and CEO, laud­ing the de­signer’s “abil­ity to set trends” along with his tal­ent and de­ter­mi­na­tion. “All of us who have been for­tu­nate to work with Kim wish him con­tin­ued suc­cess in his next ven­ture.”

Vuit­ton has yet to re­veal its suc­ces­sion plan for the plum post, which has gained vis­i­bil­ity thanks to Vuit­ton’s mighty show and cam­paign bud­gets, Jones’ clutch of celebrity friends and the brand’s high­pro­file col­lab­o­ra­tions with the likes of Supreme and Bri­tish artists Jake and Di­nos Chap­man. Vuit­ton de­scribed Jones as “the driv­ing force be­hind some of the mai­son’s most suc­cess­ful projects and col­lab­o­ra­tions.”

The de­vel­op­ment is sure to fuel spec­u­la­tion that Jones is ready­ing him­self for a new de­sign chal­lenge — and could po­ten­tially trig­ger a round of mu­si­cal chairs in menswear, which has not en­dured as much stu­dio tur­moil as wom­enswear of late.

Ver­sace has held dis­cus­sions to bring Jones on board, but a deal has yet to sur­face, and the Ital­ian fash­ion com­pany has never con­firmed the spec­u­la­tion. His name has also been floated as a con­tender for Burberry, which is seek­ing a suc­ces­sor to Christo­pher Bai­ley, who is to bid farewell to the Bri­tish brand at the end of March.

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