Raf Simons leaves Jil Sander
Jil Sander Group end months of speculation over the future of their creative director Raf Simons by confirming that he is to leave the label on Monday.
The Jil Sander Group have just released a statement confiming that creative director Raf Simons will leave the label which he joined in 2005.
Following this morning's reports in German magazine Gala that Jil Sander was poised to return to the label she founded in 1968 for the second time, the label which is 75 per cent owned by London-based British private equity firm, Change Capital Partners (CCP) released the following statement:
Jil Sander Group and Raf Simons agreed that the designer will step down from his position as of 27th February 2012.
Raf Simons was appointed Jil Sander Creative Director on the 1st of July 2005 with his first collection being Men's Fall/Winter 2006. The Women's Fall/Winter 2012 collection will be his last for the company.
Jil Sander thanks Raf Simons for his dedicated commitment to the brand, throughout these years, and wishes him the very best for the future.
They also confirmed that they would communicate the identity of their new creative director in the next few days.
It is now widely expected that after months of speculation Raf Simons will be confirmed as the new creative director of Christian Dior filling the role vacated by John Galliano in March 2011.