PARIS — Fashion’s revolving door has turned once again.
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After eight years of “fruitful” collaboration, Leonard and its artistic director, Véronique Leroy, are parting ways, according to statements released by the two parties on Friday, both citing a mutual agreement.
Leroy’s contract is up at the end of the month. The house is on the hunt for a successor.
The news comes only days after the house presented its spring collection, which strongly reflected Leroy’s personal design aesthetic.
Leonard chairman Daniel Tribouillard, who founded the house in 1958, each season would take the runway bow with Leroy on his arm. His daughter Nathalie Tribouillard is the house’s managing director.
Leroy, who is Belgian, also designs a signature line and collaborates with Mus, a luxury Belgian clothing label.
Known for its signature hand-printed Coptic and orchid-print silk jersey designs, Leonard historically has had a strong presence in Asia. Of its 125 freestanding stores, 100 are based in Japan, the brand’s biggest market.
Store openings are planned for Singapore, Shanghai, Peking and São Paulo.
The brand also has 70 franchises.
A company spokeswoman declined to disclose sales figures for the brand.