LVMH Louis Vuitton Mo√ęt Hennessy, Owner Of DKNY Is Trying To Sell The American Brand

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DKNY Fall 2016 Ready To Wear.

In 2014, first reported that American fashion designer Donna Karan closed the doors to her New York flagship store (see it here). Numerous outlets and industry insiders reported that the store closure could be due to a slowdown in demand for the Donna Karen New York Collection label, which has lost some of its luster since being acquired by LVMH in 2001.

DKI was founded in 1984 by Karen, her late husband Stephan Weiss and Takiyho Inc. DKI went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1996 and LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton paid $243 million for all outstanding shares in DKI, plus $400 million for Gabrielle Studio Inc., the licensor of the Donna Karen trademarks in 2001.

In July 2015, Donna Karan stepped down as chief designer of Donna Karan International to devote greater time to her Urban Zen Company and Urban Zen Foundation, (see it here). However she remained a close adviser to DKI under a long-term agreement, according to the company. Urban Zen is a stand-alone company owned by Karan herself.

Public School‚Äôs Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne¬†were hired as DKNY‘s new creative directors last year (see it here).

It is being reported that¬†LVMH Louis Vuitton Mo√ęt Hennessy, owner Of DKNY¬† and DKI is trying to sell the New York-based company.

The French luxury conglomerate, which also owns Givenchy, Celine, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Nicholas Kirkwood, Emilio Pucci, Kenzo and more “has decided to sell both DKNY and DKI,” according to Page Six. The publication was “told the company is targeting a single, specific American buyer, rather than putting it out to multiple bidders.”

Negotiations are said to be ongoing, but a price has not yet been agreed.”

‚ÄúDonna Karan and DKNY was a mega brand in the US, but all the things [LVMH] has done to change it and take it forward just haven‚Äôt worked,‚ÄĚ said an insider, ‚ÄúThe word is that they have a buyer in mind and have approached a US company to buy the brand, but it is not yet clear if the deal is going forward.‚ÄĚ

DKNY Fall 2016 Ready To Wear1

DKNY Fall 2016 Ready To Wear.

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