Paul Helbers Out, Kim Jones In At Louis Vuitton Menswear
Change seems to be the order of the day in Paris. Louis Vuitton announced this morning that Paul Helbers, who has served as men’s studio director at Louis Vuitton, is to be replaced by the English-born designer Kim Jones (left). Jones will design the label’s menswear as men’s ready-to-wear studio and style director, under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs. Prior to Vuitton, Jones served as the creative director of Dunhill; he also showed his namesake collection at London fashion week and has worked or collaborated with companies such as Uniqlo, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, Umbro, and Topman. The British Fashion Council has twice named the Central Saint Martins grad its Menswear Designer of the year, in 2006 and 2009.