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BERLIN — Michael Michalsky, head designer of Adidas, is leaving the German active sportswear house, possibly to develop his own lifestyle brand.
Michalsky, who joined Adidas in 1995 and was named creative director in 2000, was responsible for the design of all Adidas products worldwide and was instrumental in collaborative deals with designers and celebrities such as Yohji Yamamoto and Missy Elliott.
Jan Runow, Adidas global director of public relations, confirmed Michalsky’s departure. “Michael has been with us for 11 years, which is a long time for a designer, and he decided to follow new interests,” Runow said in an interview.
“Adidas has restructured a bit following the Reebok acquisition,” he added, “and our new structure has been made known. But this won’t change our collaborations with Yohji Yamamoto and Stella McCartney.”
The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Michalsky is moving to Berlin to develop a men’s and women’s lifestyle brand that is slated to debut in February or September 2007. The newspaper said a backer is already lined up and work on the collection is due to begin this summer.
The designer could not be reached for comment.
Michalsky is also the new creative director of the German accessories brand MCM. He presented 50 new MCM handbags and a capsule collection of ready-to-wear in Munich in November.
This story first appeared in the March 9, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.