Louis Vuitton has announced the renewal of Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of the Parisian house’s women’s collections.
The announcement comes almost exactly a decade after Louis Vuitton first appointed Ghesquière to be its women’s artistic director in November 2013. Since then, he has gone on to win acclaim for his unique designs, which blend luxury, sportswear, futurism, and couture.
“It is a true honour to continue writing the story of Louis Vuitton. We began the first chapter ten years ago, defining a new identity based on extraordinary heritage and a constant focus on innovation. In particular, I have had the privilege to harness the talent and expertise of the maison and its teams to develop new codes. I am forever grateful for the trust and support of Bernard Arnault and Pietro Beccari on this incredible journey,” said Ghesquière.
According to a press release from the French conglomerate, Ghesquière has established himself as a mainstay of Louis Vuitton’s “unprecedented growth,” during his decade tenure as artistic director.
“I am immensely proud to collaborate with Nicolas Ghesquière who is a true creative genius. His redefinition of the Women’s Universe at Louis Vuitton, including a sharp new ready-to-wear silhouette, iconic models of leather goods and shoes, and numerous astounding destination shows, has contributed in no uncertain terms to the Maison’s success over the past decade. I am very much looking forward to continuing to pave the future of Louis Vuitton together,” said Pietro Beccari, Louis Vuitton chairman and CEO.
Louis Vuitton did not provide any details of the length of the extension to Ghesquière’s contract. However, in the luxury fashion world, where creative director tenures only last a few years or even season, the renewal is surprising, and signal’s the LVMH-owned brand’s confidence in the designer going forward.
The extension comes on the back of several creative director changes across multiple luxury fashion brands in the last twelve months, including the departure of Sarah Burton from her design chief role at Alexander McQueen, and Gucci’s appointment of Sabato De Sarno of creative director in January.