According to reports on Tuesday that cited “people familiar with the situation” Louis Vuitton is in discussions to appoint American musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams as artistic director of its menswear division.
A representative for Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton, declined to comment on the rumors. Williams’ spokesman could not be reached right away.
The Wall Street Journal and Le Figaro were the publications to first mention Williams. Since Virgil Abloh’s unexpected death in November 2021, the post has been vacant, feeding the industry rumor mill.
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With names like Martine Rose, Grace Wales Bonner, and Samuel Ross said to be on the shortlist, observers hypothesized that Vuitton would choose an up-and-coming designer or someone wholly unrelated to the fashion industry.
Since Pietro Beccari replaced Michael Burke, who led the largest luxury company in the world for ten years, as chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton on February 1, an announcement is anticipated soon.
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Vuitton has continued to host high-profile men’s shows with live performances by artists like Tyler, the Creator, Kendrick Lamar, and Rosala despite the lack of a creative director, underscoring its objective of producing 360-degree entertainment experiences for a worldwide online audience of millions.
Colm Dillane, the creator of KidSuper, was hired by the house in January as a guest designer for autumn 2023, which sparked rumors that he would be given the job full-time.