Kim Jones, Men's Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, to Exit Brand

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The designer is parting ways with the French fashion house after seven years.

Kim Jones is exiting his position as men's artistic director of Louis Vuitton. The English designer will show his last collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. 

The 44-year-old confirmed his departure on Instagram Wednesday. "Thank you @louisvuitton for 7 wonderful years!" he wrote. Jones also expressed his gratitude to former women's creative director Marc Jacobs for offering him the opportunity to join the Louis Vuitton family, as well as Delphine Arnault, the director and executive VP of LVMH. 

Jones joined the fashion house in 2011, replacing Paul Helbers, who had been with company for five years. Prior to joining Vuitton, the menswear designer served as creative director of British label Alfred Dunhill, and before that was widely recognized for his eponymous menswear label, for which he earned two British Fashion Awards. 

During his time at Vuitton, Jones ushered in a new era of streetwear-inspired luxury, most notably with his collaboration with Supreme, which sold out almost immediately and caused pandemonium amongst hypebeasts. Jaden Smith, David Beckham and Dwyane Wade were among his celebrity fans.

Jones has not yet announced his next move, however some speculate that he could be filling the Christopher Bailey-shaped hole at Burberry.

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