Christopher has designs on global expansion

Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane

NEWARTHILL fashion designer Christopher Kane has sold a 51 per cent stake in his company to French firm PPR is order to grow his business.

The luxury designer ‘Christopher Kane’ brand was founded by Christopher and his sister Tammy in 2006 upon his graduation from Central Saint Martin’s College, London.

He has developed a reputation as one of the most talented and innovative British designers, originally focused on ready-to-wear clothing for women, but in 2010 expanded into menswear.

The London-based concern now employs 26 people and selling across the world with successful collaborations with brands such as Versace, Versus, J Brand, Topshop, Swarovski and Shiseido.

Former Taylor High pupil Christopher said: “We are very excited and honoured to be partnering with PPR for the next stage of development for our brand.

“PPR have an incredible reputation for building some of the very best luxury brands in the world. They respect our creative vision and they have the expertise and experience to help us build the Christopher Kane brand globally.”

PPR has a strong track record of backing rising designers and has enjoyed great success with brands such as Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of PPR, said: “Christopher is a truly great talent who has shown a real sense of modernity in the way he mixes elegance and subtle constructions.

“In just a few years he has built a very distinctive and exciting brand with a unique DNA. I am delighted that Christopher Kane is joining PPR’s portfolio of luxury brands and working with us to further develop his business.”