Raf Simons confirms he is leaving Christian Dior

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Raf Simons is leaving his role at Christian Dior, the brand has confirmed.

Although there have been mounting rumours within the industry about his imminent departure for weeks, an official announcement has now been made by CEO Sidney Toledano.

The move has been attributed to “personal reasons” on Simons’ part and comes three years after he took on the role of Creative Director at the Parisian design house.

Toledano said: “Mr Simons will not renew his contract with Christian Dior,” and thanked him “very warmly” for his contribution to the brand.

Meanwhile, Simons released an emotional statement thanking figureheads within LVMH and referring to Dior as “extraordinary”.

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He said: “It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book.

“I want to thank Mr Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of.

“I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experiences of my professional career.”

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