“I can’t imagine living without a leather jacket”. Says Nicholas Ghesquière, creative director of Louis Vuitton‘s women’s line since 2013. “I don’t know why, but when I wear a leather jacket, I feel good. I feel myself,” says the designer in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Ghesquière is known to be an outspoken person who doesn’t mince his words. On several occasions, he has expressed his opinion, taken positions, even uncomfortable ones for his role within the French luxury giant.
Ghesquière doesn’t mince his words
We are referring to when he wrote a very critical post on Instagram to comment on the photo showing then US President Donald Trump together with LVMH boss Bernard Arnault (his employer) during the inauguration of the new Louis Vuitton factory in Texas. “Standing against any political action. I am a designer who rejects this association: #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” Ghesquière wrote.
Even during the pandemic, Ghesquière was notable for the candour with which he declared that this was “the right moment to slow down a machine that has packed up”. Another proof of his extreme sincerity is when he acknowledges that he is very attentive to the employer’s revenue voice. “Yes, I take an interest in everything. I am aware of what is at stake”.
“In a leather jacket I feel like myself”
So, even when the Wall Street Journal asks him to complete the sentence “I can’t imagine living without” Ghesquière (pictured, from YouTube) responds without hesitation. And he says: “A leather jacket”. Then he continues: “I have vintage ones by Helmut Lang, Saint Laurent, Margiela, Junya Watanabe. The most recent one is by Celine. I don’t know why, but when I wear a leather jacket, I feel good, I feel myself. I’ve felt that way probably since I was 16. I think everyone has their own iconic piece”.