MILAN —Fay and creative duo Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi have parted ways.The designers joined the Italian label controlled by Tod’s Group in 2011, succeeding Giles Deacon, who collaborated on Fay from the women’s fall 2008 collection until the spring 2011 season. Previously, the brand’s collections were designed by an internal creative team.“On behalf of the entire company I wish to thank Tommaso and Roberto for their most valuable contribution to the evolution of the brand,” said Tod’s Group vice president Andrea Della Valle. “I personally think that this collaboration has proven to be extremely fruitful for both sides.”“This was really a great experience, which naturally came to an end after six years,” said Aquilano, who was reached by phone on Friday afternoon. “This partnership definitely ended on a happy note with satisfying feedbacks in terms of visibility and commercial results.”In 2016, Fay benefited from its expansion around the world and showed a 5.3 percent increase in sales to 62.6 million euros, with a sharp acceleration in the fourth quarter.At the group level, in the 12 months ended Dec. 31, sales totaled one billion euros.The duo, who ended the collaboration with Fay with the spring 2018 pre-collection hitting stores in January, will focus on the development of their own line. Originally launched in 2004 under the 6267 label, this was renamed Aquilano.Rimondi in 2008.Aquilano and Rimondi are also continuing to develop their AR.RT line, which made its debut last summer. Infused with bold prints and vivacious color combinations, AR.RT features more accessible design and prices — 30 percent lower — than the Aquilano.Rimondi label.Along with controlling the Fay label, Tod’s SpA, which is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, operates the Tod’s, Hogan and Roger Vivier labels.
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