September 18, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Versace Said Eyeing Kim Jones
MILAN — The intrigue deepens at the House of Versace.
According to sources here, the Italian fashion company has held discussions to bring on designer Kim Jones, currently men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton.
No contract has been signed and the likelihood of a deal could not immediately be learned. It is understood that the biggest barrier is a contractual one: Last year, the Englishman renewed his employment agreement at Vuitton, which he joined in 2011.
Interviewed on the sidelines of the Versus show in London on Sunday, Versace chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd declined all comment. A Vuitton spokeswoman also declined comment, while Jones could not be reached for comment.
Versace’s overtures to Jones follow a failed effort to bring on Riccardo Tisci, who exited Givenchy earlier this year after 12 years at the French house.
Donatella Versace — who has led the design effort since the murder 20 years ago of her brother, founder Gianni Versace — is said to be on board with a plan to bring on new creative talent to assist her in the revitalization of the company.
Her minority partner The Blackstone Group, which took a 20 percent stake in the Italian house in 2014, maintains it has never set out to replace