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Jean Paul Gaultier to leave Hermès

Jean Paul Gaultier is to step down as designer of women’s ready-to-wear for luxury brand Hermès.

According to reports, Christian Lemaire, creative director of Lacoste will replace the designer who has worked at Hermès for seven years. Lemaire has also worked at Christian Lacroix.

Gaultier will leave the French luxury goods house after presenting its spring 11 collection in October.

Hermès said in a statement: “Hermes is deeply grateful to Jean-Paul Gaultier for his outstanding creative contribution during these past seven years”.

Hermès saw European sales rise 15.2% to €186m (£158.3m) in the three months to March 31 following a strong performance in its retail stores.

Hermès reported global sales for the period up 18.5% - or 20.2% at constant currency exchange rates - to €507.7m (£432.1m). Retail sales rose 26% at constant currency rates, while wholesale sales grew at a slower rate of 4% on a constant currency basis during the quarter.

Hermès plans to open or renovate 20 stores this year.

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