LVMH acquires British shoe-maker Nicholas Kirkwood
Nicholas Kirkwood, 33, studied fine art at Central Saint Martins and later learned the craft of shoemaking at the renowned Cordwainers College. He founded his eponymous shoe brand in 2004 and together with his business partner, Christopher Suarez, gained the attention of press and buyers around the world for his signature sculptural shoes. His collections are currently distributed in 150 leading department and specialty stores around the world as well as three flagship stores in London, New York and Las Vegas.
Delphine Arnault of LVMH who acquired a majority stake in Nicholas Kirkwood said: ”We are delighted to welcome Nicholas Kirkwood in the LVMH group. Nicholas’ talent for shoe design is exceptional and I am especially impressed with his commitment to innovation and craftsmanship. Throughout our meetings, I was particularly struck by his entrepreneurship and we discovered rapidly that we shared the same vision and beliefs. We want to allow him to further explore the boundaries of his creativity while the brand will benefit from LVMH’s expertise”