Kim Jones Is Leaving Louis Vuitton

Kim Jones Is Leaving Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton's artistic director for menswear is leaving his post after six years of success.

Louis Vuitton's artistic director for menswear is leaving his post after six years of success.

Text: Megan Armstrong

For six years, men's artistic director Kim Jones has brought high fashion to the streets for Louis Vuitton. Recently, he pulled off a collection with New York cult brand Supreme, a skateboarding stalwart and booming street style cornerstone. But that will soon come to an end. On Thursday, he will present his FW18 menswear collection in Paris (LV's home, fittingly enough) and that will be that. Kim Jones is officially leaving Louis Vuitton.

"It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim,” Michael Burke, Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, said. According to Vogue, Burke had nothing but praise for the designer’s “ability to set trends”—see: Supreme x LV. “All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”

During his tenure, Jones brought a welcome edge and knack for collaborations to the classic brand. Supreme x Louis Vuitton was an unprecedented collaboration in many ways, especially since the French powerhouse tried to sue Supreme over their logo in 2000, but was a win from top to bottom with stars and fashion figures, such as Drake.

There isn't immediate word what Jones' next venture will be or who will step into Jones' role at Louis Vuitton (the rumor mill suggests that he will succeed Christopher Bailey at Burberry), but as always with the fashion world's game of musical chairs, the possibilities are exciting.

Credits: Photo via Louis Vuitton

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