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Glaswegian-born, London-based designer Christopher Kane has officially graduated from the the major designer job trajectory's "ingenue" stage and entered the creative-director-of-a-well-known-international-company stage, thanks to luxury conglomerate PPR's 51% purchase of the Christopher Kane label.
Kane left his creative directorial role at Versace's Versus line in November, stoking rumors that he was headed to Balenciaga. Instead, the break offered ample time to strategize his brand's next moves. More on what the future holds for the label after the jump.
Although the designer plans to grow his label into into a globally recognized brand, "We do not plan to make any immediate or major changes to the way that the business is currently managed. All growth will be gradual and organic." Specifically, the company is looking to expand stores in Asia and Europe, and launch e-commerce. Kane also mentioned a second ready-to-wear line, although he offered no details on it, and discussed broadening the fledgling leather and footwear range. Those might seem like lofty goals, but Kane's seven-year old brand joins others like Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, as well as Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Balenciaga, under the PPR umbrella, so at least he's in good company.
· PPR Takes Stake in Christopher Kane [WWD]
· Christopher Kane Leaves Versus, Denies He's Headed to Balenciaga [Racked]