Label: Louis Vuitton
Creative Director since: 2011
To the ear of the layman, the name Kim Jones is probably lesser-known than some of his contemporaries. With names like Slimane, Jacobs, or Lagerfeld constantly and deservedly being thrown around the overarching conversation, the British designer lets his work do all the talking, hanging his hat on the internal influence he has had on brands since the '90s. His direct influence and work has touched on brands like Uniqlo, Umbro, Mulberry, and Alexander McQueen, while he's also directing magazines Dazed & Confused and Arena Homme. His sheer knowledge of fashion is incredible, but his ability to infuse them into his designs, some of which you wouldn't dare to think Louis Vuitton would venture towards, is even more astounding. Ranging from his time spent as a youth in Africa, grabbing inspiration from safari wear or East African textiles, or spending time in the deserts of Chile to capture the traditional Chilean mountainwear vibes, Jones manages to make sense of it all and always translates it effortlessly into the ultra-chic runway of LV. This is why Jones and Nicolas Ghesquiére, artistic director of womenswear, are completely separate entities. They each have their own, unique vision that capture the essence of a new age Louis Vuitton.