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Kim Jones to leave Louis Vuitton
by Hallam Tweddell ; @hallamtweddell | January 17, 2018
Jones will exit his role as Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton after presenting his final autumn/winter 2018 collection on Thursday. Sharing the news on his Instagram this morning, Jones wrote: “Thank you @louisvuitton for seven wonderful years! You really have been the best and I am grateful to @themarcjacobs for giving me the opportunity to be here in the first place.”
London born Jones attended the University of the Arts London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where he obtained an MA in Menswear. With a graduation show that was highly acclaimed by the press and bought by John Galliano, his first namesake collection was presented during London Fashion week back in 2003. Jones went on to inject his own vibrant mix of High fashion and street style into classic English menswear from Alfred Dunhill to Alexander McQueen.
It was in 2011 that Jacobs appointed Jones as Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton and he took control of one of the fastest growing sections of the LVHM-owned fashion house. In a statement to WWMD, Michael Burke, Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim,” he went on to applaud Jones’ “ability to set trends” along with his talent and determination, adding: “All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”
At present, it is unknown who will take over from Jones at Louis Vuitton. Speculation has begun however on his next steps within men’s fashion. Current thoughts are that he may be set to take over from Christopher Bailey, who is to leave Burberry at the end of March.
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