Demna Gvasalia is stepping down from Vetements “to pursue new ventures”.
The Georgian designer, who co-founded the Zurich-based fashion house with his brother Guram Gvasalia in 2014, announced the news in a statement to WWD over the weekend.
“I started Vetements because I was bored of fashion and against all odds, fashion did change once and forever since Vetements appeared and it also opened a new door for so many,” Demna stated to the fashion publication. “So, I feel that I have accomplished my mission of a conceptualist and design innovator at this exceptional brand and Vetements has matured into a company that can evolve its creative heritage into a new chapter on its own.”
The 38-year-old will continue in his role as creative director of Balenciaga. He is scheduled to unveil his spring 2020 show for the luxury label as part of Paris Fashion Week on 29 September.
“Vetements has always been a collective of creative minds. We will continue to push the boundaries even further, respecting codes and the authentic values of the brand, and keep on supporting honest creativity and genuine talent,” Guram, who is the chief executive of Vetements, added. “We are very grateful to Demna for having contributed to the great momentum of the house.”
The brothers’ statement also hinted at additional projects for Demna, who will be exiting Vetements “to pursue new ventures”.
Previously, Demna served as a senior designer at Louis Vuitton, working with Marc Jacobs and then briefly under Nicolas Ghesquiere.
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