High Grade Creative Director Raf Simons is Leaving Christian Dior Wholesale Suppliers

If you’ve been as fond of Dior‘s handbags as we’ve been lately, we have some unfortunate news to share this morning. Raf Simons, Dior’s much-lauded creative director of 3.5 years, has decided not to renew his contract with LVMH, the brand’s parent company, according to an announcement made yesterday in Paris.

I paid for a counter excellent replica, meaning the bag is as near to the real deal as possible — if you’ve been reading the site previously you know I don’t like to mess around with bad fakes — they are a waste of money in my view & I am buying the bag to continue so long as the original so I just shop for the best. The features of this specific tote which make it counter quality comprise the caliber, the hardware quality, the stitching, the interior of the bag, and the overall texture of this bag. I will go into detail about all the details under:The leather of the bag is real lambskin leather and I have to tell you it is uber supple. Genuine lambskin leather ought to have a super buttery texture and also the leather on this bag gets a big pass when it comes to the criteria. The leather is very comparable to the Chanel classic flap series which should also be super butter-y. If you purchase a bad fake with imitation leather which would ruin the entire look of the bag since the quality of the leather will probably be visible from a mile away.Good excellent hardware ought to be as heavy as the first. Dior is a brand that’s at the center when it comes to hardware heaviness. The tote also has little hooks in the bottom to block it from becoming dirty and also prevents the leather from becoming scratched. Personally, I hate it when manufacturers create bags with fragile leather like lambskin and don’t include feet at the base (especially in the event that you wind up going for the true tote and spending 4 grand), but fortunately the Lady Dior is none of those bags!

The Cut’s Cathy Horyn, who has covered Simons’ career closely for years, has the most comprehensive analysis of the decision, and it’s clear this isn’t a case of a brand’s executives pressuring a designer to leave or be publicly fired. Horyn reports that LVMH execs have had nothing but praise for Simons and that his designs have driven a 60% increase in Dior’s sales since his arrival in 2011, as well as wide critical acclaim. Instead, by Horyn’s estimation, it seems as though Simons simply wants to do other, perhaps less stressful things; his motivations were described only as “personal reasons.”

Spring 2016, presented earlier this month in Paris, is Simons’ last collection for the brand, and LVMH has not named his successor, although the company will surely have the pick of the litter for such a coveted, high-profile role. We’re certainly going to miss Raf Simons’ influence on the brand’s bags, though.

Since joining the Dior staff in 2011, Simons has overseen an expansion of the brand’s handbag line, including design debuts like the Diorama, Diorissimo and Be Dior bags, as well as an expanded Lady Dior line. The expansion, which was characterized by Simons’ modernism mixed with Dior’s signature ladylike polish, was largely well-received, with a clear uptick in consumer interest (our now-very-busy Dior subform on the PurseForum can attest to that) and more celebrities carrying the bags than ever, which tends to be influential on luxury shoppers.

When LVMH announces who will take Simons’ place at Dior, we’ll let you know. How do you feel about the news of his departure?