At the moment, fashion seems flush with young talent – from Prabal Gurung to JW Anderson, it’s easy to imagine the next generation of fashion superstars emerging from their status as independents to do bigger, better and more widely available things. After all, Raf Simons was once just a forward-thinking Belgian menswear designer, and now he’s at the helm of Dior. With news late last week that LVMH has purchased a majority stake in the shoe brand of young Brit Nicholas Kirkwood, he’s just joined the line to get called up to the majors.
LVMH is most well-known for its ownership of Louis Vuitton, of course, but it’s also the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, stewarding high-end brands from Givenchy and Celine to Moet and Hennessy. That puts Kirkwood in auspicious company, and it also means he’s about to get an enormous influx of cash and resources to expand his business. That means not only are we going to get more shoes bearing his signature bizzaro-luxury look, but that he’s looking to expand in other directions. On the announcement of his partnership with LVMH, he told Women’s Wear Daily that the next arena that he’d be looking to expand into is handbags. Kirkwood doesn’t have a timeline for his accessories launch just yet, but LVMH brands tend to have a magical touch with bags, so we can’t wait to see what he might do. In the meantime, you can shop Kirkwood’s exquisite kicks via farfetch.com.