One of the most influential figures shaping modern menswear, Kim Jones’ perpetual wanderlust has built a powerful narrative for the venerable house of Louis Vuitton over the last five years.
By Hassan Al-Saleh
Photography Kim Jones
Kim Jones has been a voracious international explorer since the age of three months old, when he and his family moved to Ecuador. He has not stopped traversing the planet since, with the stated intention of visiting every country in the world. The London-born Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton has collected, and continues to collect, a globe’s worth of references that feed his wondrous imagination and have helped him build the menswear collections he designs for the Parisian megabrand Louis Vuitton, into major seasonal statements. Very becoming for a brand founded on a steamer trunk and where travel is the essence of its soul.
During his 5 years at Louis Vuitton, Jones has given the menswear collections a real fashion identity, doing “interpretations of himself” with worldly intelligence and a trademark mix of youthful irreverence, through the language of culture. It is his ability to move between worlds that has made a profound impact on luxury menswear, fusing formal with casual and ingraining sportswear in the modern man’s wardrobe.
“Of course, travel is a huge inspiration. Besides the discovery of techniques, fabrics, crafts that is crucial in my work especially at Louis Vuitton, traveling is a massive part of the modern life.” – Kim Jones