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Filippa K appoints Saint Laurent Alumnus as Creative Director

Jeremy Lim
12 January 2022

Scandinavian fashion brand Filippa K has appointed Liisa Kessler as its new Creative Director, succeeding the brand’s founder, Filippa Knutsson, who stepped away from the role in 2019.

The seasoned designer has spent the last decade with Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Y/Project and Chloé, and will be based at the Swedish label's Stockholm headquarters. She will be responsible for all creative aspects of the Filippa K brand in her first role as creative director, with her debut collection to be unveiled in June.

Rikard Frost, CEO of Filippa K, said: "I’m delighted to announce Liisa Kessler as Creative Director of Filippa K. Liisa exemplifies a remarkable creative talent with an intuitive understanding of craftsmanship and a keen eye for what’s next — values that are integral to preserving our heritage while guiding the ambitious future of the house. Her unique background of Scandinavian and international influences provides a dual perspective that makes her a natural successor to Filippa Knutsson. I’m confident that Liisa’s vision will help launch the house into the next exciting chapter of our journey."

Kessler added: "I am very excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to join Filippa K. Filippa Knutsson was one of the pioneers establishing the now-iconic look of Scandinavian minimalism back in the early 90s. Her vision of an uncomplicated, desirable, and sustainable wardrobe is as relevant today as it was when the brand was founded.

"I’m looking forward to working with the teams on a new era for the house and carrying forward Filippa’s legacy that celebrates simplicity, style, quality and the power of ease."

Founded by Filippa Knutsson in 1993, Filippa K has grown internationally to become a household name in the Nordics. Owned by Novax, the investment arm of Axel Johnson, and the brand founders, the fashion house has stores in key European cities including Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin, and is present in over 70 markets globally through e-commerce.

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