Kim Jones announced his leave from his role as Louis Vuitton’s men’s artistic director after seven years. Jones took over the French fashion house in 2011 and introduced streetwear to the traditional luxury brand whose menswear collection previously relied heavily on wallets, belts, and suits. Emphasizing streetwear fashion, such as track suits, sneakers, and graphic tees in his collections, Jones revitalized Louis Vuitton’s menswear for a younger generation – he was the driving force behind Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Supreme last year, one of the biggest collaborations in fashion history.
There is speculation that Jones may be joining Versace or Burberry, however, neither brands have confirmed this. It is also rumoured that he will continue to work on his namesake label, which he has put on hold since working with Louis Vuitton. Jones’ successor has also yet to be announced.
From Phoebe Philo to Jonathan Saunders, this isn’t the first time in the last few weeks we’ve witnessed the departure of big designers from their brands. As the leading brand in luxury menswear and their success with streetwear, what will this mean for Louis Vuitton and what is next in store?
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