LVMH buys stake in LCF alumnus JW Anderson
Congratulations to top designer and LCF alumnus, JW Anderson, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear (2005), who has sold a stake in his fashion label to LVMH.
The deal with the luxury fashion group, who own Louis Vuitton and Dior, will also see Jonathan become creative director of LVMH’s Spanish leather brand, Loewe.
Speaking to The Guardian, Jonathan said:
“LVMH has the resources and expertise in sharp, modern luxury and I believe we can work together to create something new. I am equally thrilled to join the house of Loewe, one of the oldest leather-goods houses in the world, where I have found an exceptional craftsmanship.”
Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Fashion Group, told The Guardian:
“When Delphine Arnault [LVMH executive and daughter of Bernard Arnault, LVMH’s multi-billionaire boss] and I first met Jonathan, we immediately felt that we could help him express the full potential of his innovative, fast-emerging and already influential brand.”
Now working out of his Dalston based studio, Jonathan unveiled his debut menswear collection at London Fashion Week in 2008, and later turned his hand to womenswear and collaborated with Topshop and Versace.
Jonathan’s success follows LVMH’s purchase of a majority stake in Nicholas Kirkwood’s own label, another LCF alumnus. Nicholas studied BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear in 2001.