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Are Christian Dior's options for big name designers narrowing? Since the whole John Galliano fallout earlier this year, the luxury house has been on the hunt for Galliano's replacement—a designer who's capable of producing ready-to-wear and couture collections.
Today WWD reports that since Alber Elbaz and Nicolas Ghesquiere have withdrawn their names from candidacy, talks with Marc Jacobs have heated up—and possible gotten prickly, with Jacobs and his business partner Robert Duffy allegedly demanding a "salary somewhere in the low eight figures each, plus other benefits."
Of course, Dior will be more work, says WWD:
Sources said the talks are proving difficult, with one sticking point believed to be that Jacobs and his long-time business partner Robert Duffy are seeking a substantial increase on their current salary and benefits packages, which already place them among the highest-paid designers and fashion executives in the world.· Christian Dior/Marc Jacobs talks said proving difficult [WWD]
Dior, of course, is a much more demanding job than Louis Vuitton, with two couture collections in addition to two ready-to-wear shows and pre-collections. Also, the immense craftsmanship involved in couture means Jacobs would have to spend even more time in Paris working with the atelier on the collection. All of this would come on top of his own women’s and men’s wear lines, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, both of which have seen significant growth over the last few years.
· All Christian Dior coverage [Racked]