Following his unexpected departure from Versace's Versus brand and speculation that he might succeed Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, Christopher Kane sold a 51% stake in his eponymous brand to French holding company PPR, securing the London-based designer's foothold on the luxury fashion scene.
The Scottish-born designer attended British fashion cradle Central Saint Martins before settling down to forge a career in London in 2006. Within the past few years, he's solidified his standing as a member of the city's emerging young designer scene — a group which includes Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson and Giles Deacon — receiving plenty of praise and awards from the fashion world at large. His label now employs 26 people.
In terms of initial expansion, Kane has his sights set on a retail boutique — “A shop is a dream, a real stamp of approval,” the designer tells Style.com's Tim Blanks — and a leather goods line. Whatever's ahead, all this success is his due: Congratulations!
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