By  on March 28, 2011

NEW YORK — Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison have parted wayswith the footwear company they founded in 1991.

The brand wasacquired by Marc Fisher in 2006, but the two remained on board with thelabel as creative and design directors until announcing their departureMonday which, according to Sigerson, came as a surprise.

“Mirandaand I are out of the company, so the shoes for sale right now are thelast ones that we will design,” Sigerson told WWD. “It’s not somethingthat we anticipated, but it’s over for now I guess. We’re hoping thatwe’ll move on to greener pastures and happier places.”

SusanItzkowitz, president of Marc Fisher Footwear, said the company plans togo full speed ahead with the brand, as well as its lower-priced,contemporary counterpart, Belle by Sigerson Morrison. “We have a designteam that we’re putting in place, and we’re excited about what we’redoing going forward,” she said.

Sigerson, who admitted the pastfew years had been quite difficult, remains optimistic about what thefuture holds, and maintains she has yet to ink a deal. She hopes to stayin the industry and work with former partner and best friend Morrisonon a future footwear-related endeavor.

“Something really rockingis going to come our way. You get into this little vacuum and youforget that there are all these great things out there and great peoplewho potentially want to work with you,” Sigerson said. “It seems likethere’s a world of possibilities, and now is not the worst time topursue them.”

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