Louis Vuitton parts ways with artistic director Kim Jones

Louis Vuitton Kim Jones

Louis Vuitton is set to part ways with artistic director Kim Jones after he shows his autumn 2018 collection in Paris today.

A British national, Jones has been the men’s artistic director of the luxury fashion and accessories giant since 2011.

In an Instagram post, Jones thanked the brand and retailer for “seven wonderful years” and attributed former creative director Marc Jacobs for giving him the opportunity.

He also thanked Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive Michael Burke and director and vice-president Delphine Arnault.

“It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim,” Burke said.

“All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”

Louis Vuitton has yet to reveal its succession plan for the position, which has increased in prominence in recent years due to Jones’ collaborations with the likes of Supreme and British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, alongside plush campaign budgets.

As for Jones, speculation is rife that he could move on to work for Versace or perhaps replace Christopher Bailey at Burberry.

Jones’ career began with John Galliono before his own menswear label caught the attention of Dunhill where he was creative director from 2008 to 2011.

His CV also features stints with Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Hugo Boss and Umbro.

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