Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons is closing his fashion label. The collection shown in London last month was also the last. He will remain Creative Director at Prada.
Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons announced on Instagram Monday night that his fashion label is going on hiatus. The spring collection presented in London last month was also “the end of an extraordinary 27-year journey.”
“I don’t have the words to express how proud I am of everything we’ve accomplished. I’m grateful for the incredible support from my team, partners, press, buyers, friends and family, and our loyal fans and followers. Thank you all for believing in our vision and believing in me,” said Simmons’ message, which did not elaborate on the decision.
Simons originally launched the fashion label in 1995 as a men’s collection, but many women have also been fans. Two years ago, he also expanded the label with silhouettes specifically for women. Raf Simons’ label gained international acclaim, and soon placed Limburger in the ranks of top designers, even though he had no fashion education. His favorite music in particular inspired the collections. David Bowie, Kraftwerk and New Order: these are just a few of the artists he references many times in his work.
Since 2020, the 54-year-old designer has combined his own label with the co-creative director job at Italian fashion house Prada. Before that, Simons held senior jobs at Calvin Klein, Dior, and Jil Sander, but continued to model under his name after a short break.
Raf Simons’ first collection from 1995:
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