British designer Kim Jones is parting ways with Louis Vuitton. The upcoming fall/winter 2018 collection will be his last for the French brand.
Since taking over the coveted role of Artistic Director, the 44-year-old has been instrumental in the growing success of Louis Vuitton’s menswear universe. Jones’s works often combine his affinity for exploration with Louis Vuitton’s own storied heritage in travel. His debut for Louis Vuitton, for example, saw him dig deep into his memories of growing up in Africa to produce a well-received collection filled with the buoyant reds and blues of Masai checks.
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In the years that ensued, Jones took Louis Vuitton’s menswear department to greater heights: He tapped on the talents of the Chapman brothers for animal illustrations to emblazon across sweaters and plaster across bags and trunks, as well as masterminded collaborations with the likes of Fragment’s Hiroshi Fujiwara and cult streetwear label Supreme.
Jones’s next move will be keenly watched by the industry. Meanwhile, Jones’s successor has yet to be named at Louis Vuitton.