Acquired by Lacoste parent company MF brands last year, The Kooples had annual revenues of 227 million euros and a network of 334 stores at the time it was acquired from the Elicha brothers who founded the label in 2007.
Born in Belgium, Tom Van Dorpe studied Visual Arts at the Saint Lucas Academy before launching his career in Paris. In 2008, Van Dorpe moved to New York as Fashion Editor for V Magazine and V Man, where he continues today as a contributing editor. He has consulting for clients between Europe and the US including Calvin Klein, Fenty, Hugo Boss and the Max Mara Group. Van Dorpe styles collections, runway shows, and advertising campaigns, while also developing creative brand strategy.
We are very happy to welcome Tom. His global vision, his creativity and his sense of sophisticated elegance will be great assets to reinforce the unique imagery of our brand. His appointment at The Kooples confirms [owner] the MF Brands Group’s great ambitions for our Maison.
– Romain Guinier, CEO of The Kooples
I am thrilled to join The Kooples’ family. I have always considered it one of the most vibrant original contemporary fashion brands. Its distinctive rule-breaking DNA is more relevant than ever today. I am looking forward to exploring new expressions of its trademark style and creating the brand icons of tomorrow Today, the new rebellion is breaking free of stereotypes, a modern approach.