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The Kooples Appoints Tom Van Dorpe as New Artistic Director

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Today, The Kooples announced that Tom Van Dorpe would take over as the Paris-based brand’s artistic director. The CR contributor joined the label earlier this year, and has previously worked with other prominent names including Fenty, Max Mara Group, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein. “I am looking forward to exploring new expressions of [The Kooples’] trademark style and creating the brand icons of tomorrow,” Van Dorpe said.

The contemporary label’s distinctive rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and focus on innovative tailoring has helped it obtain a distinguished following since its founding in 2008. Last year, The Kooples was acquired by Swiss group MF brands, which also owns Lacoste, Gant, and Aigle.

Like many labels, The Kooples has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. About 80 percent of the brand’s sales took place in stores, and just this week it launched a massive online archive sale. But as France lifts its eight-week lockdown, The Kooples is beginning to welcome employees back into the office, with a skeleton crew maintaining social distancing while working in the Paris headquarters.

With Van Dorpe’s appointment, the brand hopes to move forward and continue creating fashion that taps into its rebellious spirit. Van Dorpe is already looking forward to upcoming seasons, teasing the theme of the Spring/Summer 2021 collection: “Baby punk, rebels for a change.”

“I have always considered [The Kooples] one of the most vibrant original contemporary fashion brands,” he said. “Its distinctive rule-breaking DNA is more relevant than ever today.”

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