Kim Jones is leaving Louis Vuitton, the house announced in a press release. The London-born designer has been with the LVMH brand for seven years, serving as men's artistic director. His departure has already sparked speculation that he might be heading to Burberry.
“It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim,” Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive of the brand said. “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.”
Jones graduated in 2002 from Central Saint Martins and made headlines when his collection was bought by John Galliano. He then launched a namesake label before joining Alfred Dunhill as creative director in 2008. Then, in 2011, he took over as artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s line.
Having had unparalleled success at Vuitton, Jones’ name has been thrown into the ring to succeed Christopher Bailey at Burberry, who is set to depart in March of this year. However, Phoebe Philo – who recently left Céline – is also said to be up for the position. It is not the first time that Jones has been rumoured for such a coveted title. Last year, his name was floated as a contender for the top job at Versace.
Jones will show his last collection this Thursday and his replacement will be named in due course.
From Harper's Bazaar UK