Report: Claire Waight Keller to Step Down at Chloé

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Nicholas Ghesquière‘s right hand woman is the top pick to take the reins.

According to a Reuters report, Chloé’s creative director since 2011, Claire Waight Keller, will step down from the brand in March, and Louis Vuitton design director Natacha Ramsay-Levi is the top pick for her replacement.

Waight Keller is supposedly leaving the brand because she relocated with her family to London from Paris, where the brand is based, and no longer wanted to commute.

Ramsay-Levi is currently serving as design director under Nicholas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton. Prior, she worked with Ghesquière for over a decade at Balenciaga (where she started out as an intern making coffee back in 2002), but also consulted for several brands including Acne Studios and Hermés.

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Back in December (before Waight Keller’s departure was known), WWD reported that Ramsay-Levi’s contract at Vuitton runs through the Fall 2017 collection (which shows in early March of 2017), so her first collection wouldn’t be until Spring 2018. Neither brand has commented on the changes as of yet.

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