British master of shoes Nicholas Kirkwood will be expanding on an international scale as LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has bought a majority stake in the label. This will see the launch of a Kirkwood handbag line (squeal!) and the development of retail.
Kirkwood said to WWD that the investment will allow him to ‘focus on doing the creative, and really be able to explore new things. The next step will probably be handbags, but I have no timelines to do that.' Kirkwood is no stranger to big business as he has also been creative director of Pollini since 2010.
LVMH owns major labels such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Fendi and Celine, so he will be in good company. It's the latest of a string of acquisitions as earlier this year Kering acquired a majority stake in Christopher Kane and Altuzarra. Last week Women's Wear Daily also reported that J.W. Anderson is in talks with LVMH with a view to invest in his company.
Nicholas Kirkwood's designs on the catwalk at London Fashion Week [Catwalking]
The Central Saint Martins graduate launched his label in 2005 and has created catwalk shoes for Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda and Victoria's Secret. The footwear protégé also bagged the Accessories Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards back in November. His architectural designs are a red carpet hit and have been worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Solange Knowles and Miranda Kerr.
It has been a busy few weeks for Mr Kirkwood as he designed the creative for London Fashion Week, as his metallic pattern was plastered over Somerset House. We chatted to the designer on the first morning of LFW about his Fashion Week where he revealed what it's really like to create shoes for the catwalk.
See stars wearing Nicholas Kirkwood in the gallery below...