Dries Van Noten is stepping down


Dries Van Noten is stepping down

Sign up to receive the Vogue Business newsletter for the latest luxury news and insights, plus exclusive membership discounts. Dries Van Noten is set to take his final bow at his men’s show in June in Paris, according to Vogue Business. His successor has not yet been named.

The 65-year-old Belgian designer, known for his avant-garde collections and vibrant use of colors, sold a majority stake of his brand to Spanish fashion and beauty conglomerate Puig in 2018. Despite this, Van Noten remained a significant minority shareholder and continued in his role as chief creative officer and chairman of the board. He expressed his happiness that his company’s heart and center in Antwerp will remain intact, stating in a press release at the time of the acquisition, “I have been searching for a strong partner for the company which I have built for more than 30 years.”

As a member of the Antwerp Six collective, Van Noten launched his men’s collection in Antwerp in 1986 and later added a women’s collection to the Paris runways in 1993. Known for his bold use of colors, prints, and embroideries, he received the CFDA’s prestigious International Award in 2008. With Puig, the designer introduced his first beauty line in 2022, featuring gender-fluid eau de parfums and lipsticks inspired by his garden outside Antwerp.

The brand boasts a dozen stores and is sold at various points of sale including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Puig has described Dries Van Noten as its fastest-growing niche brand, highlighting a particularly dynamic momentum in its 2023 annual earnings report. Rumors of an impending initial public offering from Puig have been circulating, adding to the anticipation surrounding Van Noten’s departure from the brand.

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