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Hedi Slimane in Doha: Why This Could be Big News for the Fashion Industry

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He just exited his role as creative director from storied French fashion house Saint Laurent, and yet, Hedi Slimane might already have his sights on launching his own label. The French-Tunisian designer and photographer was spotted in Doha, Qatar at the offices of investment capital firm Mayhoola, in what could have been a bid to secure investors to launch his eponymous label. Mayhoola is the Qatari venture firm that owns Valentino Fashion Group S.p.A. and Italian menswear brand Pal Zileri. It also holds a stake in British accessories label Anya Hindmarch, which is currently looking to expand its luxury portfolio.

This is not the designer’s first attempt at launching a label under his name. Slimane previously liased with Kering to launch his brand, however the venture took a backseat when he was appointed creative director for Christian Dior’s menswear line Dior Homme in 2000, ahead of his four years at the helm of Saint Laurent.

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