Report: Versace Could Hire Kim Jones For the Creative Director Role

The men's artistic director of Louis Vuitton may get poached by the Italian fashion house, industry sources say.
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Kim Jones with Zayn Malik at the 2016 amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Kim Jones with Zayn Malik at the 2016 amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

It's been a while since we've learned more (or heard any good gossip) about the potential new hire for Versace's top creative director position. To recap, a well-reported rumor was circling upon Riccardo Tisci's departure from Givenchy earlier this year that the designer would take over the major Italian fashion house. But the speculation was put to rest this summer due to Tisci's alleged non-compete with his former label. Then, in August, Virgil Abloh was rumored to be in talks to take over Versace, but both Abloh and the fashion house denied it. 

Now a new designer is thrown into the mix, according to a report from WWD on Monday. Sources in Milan say execs at Versace are in discussion to poach Kim Jones, the men's artistic director at Louis Vuitton.

"No contract has been signed and the likelihood of a deal could not immediately be learned," says the trade publication. "It is understood that the biggest barrier is a contractual one: Last year, the Englishman renewed his employment agreement at Vuitton, which he joined in 2011."

Before joining Louis Vuitton, Jones worked at Dunhill, Hugo Boss, Alexander McQueen, Topman and Mulberry, among others. The British designer also collaborated with Nike, and brought on one of the biggest partnerships in luxury-and-streetwear history: LV x Supreme, which has been a highlight for LVMH's rebounding sales. If the higher-ups of Versace are looking for someone to revitalize the brand, Jones might just be the guy.

A spokesperson from Versace has declined to comment on the matter. We also reached out to Louis Vuitton for comment and will update this story as we learn more.

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