Paris—Hermès didn’t waste any time naming its new artistic director. On Monday, Christophe Lemaire, who’s been at the luxury brand for four years, announced his exit to spend more time on his own fashion brand. Lemaire, a former Lacoste creative director, had succeeded Jean Paul Gaultier at Hermès in 2010.
Today, Hermès announced that French designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, who has previously designed at The Row and Celine. She had been senior designer with Phoebe Philo at Celine and worked with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at The Row as women’s design director.
“Her talent and her creative track record will be great assets in the continued development of women’s ready-to-wear. She will devote herself full-time to our house,” Hermès CEO Axel Dumas said in a statement.
Vanhee-Cybulski may be a virtual unknown outside of France but all that is expected to change come March 2015 when she’ll present her first collection for Hermès.