Is Nicolas Ghesquière Leaving Louis Vuitton?

Is Nicolas Ghesquière Leaving Louis Vuitton?

The brand denies it, but three sources close to the house seem to say that the creative director will take his leave this fall

The brand denies it, but three sources close to the house seem to say that the creative director will take his leave this fall

The latest round in rumored designer change ups is here: LVMH is reportedly thinking about replacing Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director of Louis Vuitton.

While Business of Fashion has reported that the brand has denied the rumor—even going so far as to clarify that Ghesquière's contract doesn't expire until 2018—Reuters is claiming that it has three sources saying otherwise: “People in the studio are expecting him to leave, possibly as early as after the October collection,” said one.

According to another source, the replacement will be none other than Jonathan Anderson, who helms Louis Vuitton's sister brand, Loewe, and is a notorious favorite of LVMH's reigning royal family: “[Bernard] Arnault is very fond of Anderson, everybody knows he adores him. As of now, he is the best positioned to replace Ghesquière.”

The rumors come as somewhat of a shock, considering Ghesquière has received overwhelming critical praise since he took over the house in November of 2013 (following his widely acclaimed 15-year tenure at Balenciaga). The prestige that comes from directing the largest luxury label makes it a delicate decision, said another source: “It is a sensitive issue which could take time to solve.”

While we don't like to make a habit of reporting on rumors, when it comes to the never-ending game of designer musical chairs, many of them do turn out to be true. Stay tuned for more updates as this story unfolds.

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