louis vuitton denies nicolas ghesquière is leaving the brand
Ghesquière is rumored to be leaving to start his own label, with J.W. Anderson tipped to replace him at Vuitton.
After Louis Vuitton's cruise show in Rio last month, the brand's artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière told a French TV show that he was very eager to start his own label. "Yes, I wish to absolutely," the hugely influential industry darling said of starting a line. When probed further, Ghesquière mysteriously added, "I'd like to do it soon, very soon. I don't have a date but I'll let you know."
The rumour that Ghesquière might be leaving Louis Vuitton, which he took over from Marc Jacobs at the tail end of 2013, was kicked into overdrive this morning when three sources told Reuters he was eyeing an exit. "People in the studio are expecting [Ghesquière] to leave, possibly as early as after the October collection," one of the sources said. A second source added that LVMH boss Bernard Arnault was eyeing up Jonathan Anderson as a replacement. "Arnault is very fond of Anderson, everybody knows he adores him," the source said. "As of now, he is the best positioned to replace Ghesquière." A third source added that Ghesquière might not leave Louis Vuitton until next year.
LVMH initially declined to comment, but has now denied that they are considering a change of artistic director at Louis Vuitton, Business of Fashion reports. Louis Vuitton is the biggest luxury brand in the world, generating nearly $8.8 billion in annual revenue for LVMH.
Text Hannah Ongley
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