Hermès artistic director of womenswear, Christophe Lemaire, is leaving his post after four years to work on his own eponymous label.
“Working for Hermès has been a great pleasure: a profoundly enriching experience on both a human and professional level,” Lemaire said in a statement. “I am proud of what we have built together. My own label is growing in an important way and I now really want and need to dedicate myself to it fully.”
Hermès CEO Axel Dumas said of Lemaire, “I am very grateful to Christophe for the passion with which he has addressed and enriched the expression of our house in women’s ready-to-wear. Under his artistic direction the métier has renewed its aesthetic and produced very satisfactory financial results.”
Before Lemare joined Hermès (replacing John Paul Gaultier), he was the creative director at Lacoste. “When Pierre-Alexis Dumas called me, I was surprised, astonished, at the same time, it seemed so obvious—the spirit of the brand—and we understood each other right away,” said the 45-year-old. “We both had the idea of treating a piece of clothing as an object, but linked to functionality and realism,” the designer said after his appointment.”
His final collection for the French fashion house will be the upcoming Spring-Summer 2015 collection that debuts in October.
Best of luck to him!