This season marked Christopher Kane’s first show not as a promising indie designer, but as an established one with a huge luxury conglomerate behind him. Kane and his less-spotlit sister Tammy are now in a league with labels like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Stella McCartney. And it was the latter, Kane says, who convinced them to sell that 51% stake to PPR.
“I know some people will wonder why we sold a majority share,” Kane told the Telegraph, “but looking at PPR’s history of nurturing the creative as well as the commercial side, and talking to Stella [McCartney], who said ‘go for it’, it seemed right. There’s freedom within a framework. We need that infrastructure. Yup, I don’t have ultimate control and if it ever goes wrong… but it’s not going to go wrong.”
Along with infrastructure comes expansion and for the first time, the Kanes have outlined what that expansion will entail: a new CEO so that Tammy can focus on her role as creative director; a store in London; a new website; and an accessories line! None of which is exactly shocking–luxury brands tend to make most of their money from accessories–but it’s still exciting.
The Telegraph also shed more of a light on Tammy, who, despite having an equally significant role in the company, and having begun her design career before her brother (she’s six years older), is not given as much public recognition. Christopher says they both come up with the ideas, “and bounce them back and forwards endlessly.”
The siblings are also really close. Like, really really close. “It was very much a case of love me, love my sister,” Christopher said of meeting his current partner, Declan. The Telegraph also points out that Christopher and Tammy once admitted to sharing a bed until they were teenagers. Not embarrassed, Christopher declared, “We still do, when we travel.” He denied they do it to save money, but says, “But if you’re asking whether we’ll be a lean, well-run business, the answer’s yes.”