Johnny Coca has been named as the new head of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division.
The Spanish fashion star previously served as creative director at Mulberry, but announced his departure from the British heritage house following a five-year stint in March.
Now, Coca has confirmed he is relocating to Paris to begin work in the French luxury brand’s accessories department, where he will partner with womenswear creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere.
“I am proud to join Nicolas Ghesquiere and the Louis Vuitton teams to develop the women’s handbag lines and fine leather goods,” he said. “For me, this is a real return to my roots, where I had the chance to live my passion for the first time and to learn the fundamentals of my profession in the heart of the workshops in Asnieres. A new stage in my own creative journey is now opening up for me in this laboratory between heritage and modernity.”
Coca will officially begin his new role on 2 June. It’s not the first time he has worked for Louis Vuitton, having honed his design skills at the house following his studies before taking up roles at Bally and Celine.
And Ghesquiere is looking forward to collaborating with Coca on upcoming collections.
“I welcome Johnny to the Maison Louis Vuitton and I am happy that he is joining me in this adventure that started several years ago. The teams and I look forward to working with him in the universe inspiring Louis Vuitton,” he stated, while Louis Vuitton executive vice president Delphine Arnault added: “I am delighted with Johnny’s return to Louis Vuitton and the LVMH Group. He will enrich our creative force and our capacity for innovation. Johnny knows the spirit of Louis Vuitton and shares our vision, and I am delighted that he is joining us.”
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