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Artistic Director Kim Jones Exits Louis Vuitton-Who's Next?

Rumors have already popped up about the future of the menswear line.
IMAGE COURTESY LOUIS VUITTON
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After seven years of shaping the Louis Vuitton men’s line, artistic director Kim Jones has exited the French house.

The designer joins the lot of fashion giants who have stepped down from their coveted positions including the likes of Phoebe Philo of Céline, Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Jonathan Saunders of Diane von Fürstenberg, and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy.

Jones is often credited with modernizing Louis Vuitton menswear through the use of surprising collaborations—much like Marc Jacobs did during his time at the maison—with artists Jake & Dinos Chapman and Christopher Nemeth, and streetwear brand Supreme. Along with the collaborations, Jones also added more sportswear items such as tracksuits, sweatshirts, and sneakers that brought in the new generation of consumers.

Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton says, “It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim. His ability to set trends is impeccable and his talent and determination have ensured that Louis Vuitton is firmly placed as the leading brand in luxury Menswear today. All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”

Born in London, Jones attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a focus on menswear. He presented his first collection during London Fashion Week in 2003. As a young designer, Jones got his start at Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, and Hugo Boss. He was then made creative director at Alfred Dunhill in 2008. In 2011, he was named artistic director for Louis Vuitton men’s ready-to-wear division.

Louis Vuitton has yet to make an announcement on Jones’ replacement. However, rumors have already popped up amongst the fashion crowd about the future of the menswear line, with many pointing to Off-White's Virgil Abloh. If the Supreme collaboration is any indication of LVMH's feelings toward streetwear then Abloh's appointment could be likely.

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