After a decade of designing together, Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos are parting ways and will close their Lutz & Patmos company at the end of this year.
The duo ventured out on their own in 2000 after meeting at Barneys New York, where they designed its private label Basco sportswear. They developed versatile, timeless cashmere knitwear geared for design-minded, well-traveled working women much like themselves.
Before sitting down to design their first styles, they checked out 15 yarn mills, persuaded 200 people to complete questionnaires and scouted hundreds of stores in the U.S. and abroad. Inspired by such women as Jean Seberg and Charlotte Rampling, the designers used the research to create what they called “the movie,” a highly detailed composite of the customer base they envisioned. How else to determine the Lutz & Patmos customer unwinds reading The International Herald Tribune, The New Yorker or Smithsonian, and enjoys the occasional cigarette or doughnut?
They also collaborated with a number of notable guest designers including Carine Roitfeld, Jane Birkin, Fabien Baron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Christy Turlington and Natalia Vodianova. A percentage of sales from these one-offs were then donated to a charity earmarked by each VIP. In addition, Lutz & Patmos teamed up with big name brands like Coach, Volkswagen, West Elm and Uniqlo. These joint ventures drummed up publicity for a label that never advertised. Both Lutz and Patmos declined to comment Monday on the brand’s annual sales.
Their parting is said to be more personally motivated than financially, with each eager to pursue new opportunities. Patmos will unveil a designer label, M. Patmos, for pre-spring. She will also oversee the creative direction of Leroy & Perry, the contemporary sportswear collection she and Lutz introduced in 2008.
“There has been so much collaboration and innovation, not to mention that we have been fortunate enough to have weathered some extreme economic cycles. I am excited to build on the foundation of what I’ve learned as I move forward with my own label, and I wish Tina utmost happiness on her next path,” Patmos said.
Lutz, who previously worked in design at Issey Miyake, A.P.C. and Calvin Klein, will continue to work in design and brand consulting.
“It has been an extremely rewarding 10 years building the Lutz & Patmos brand. I am excited for myself and for Marcia that we each are getting to explore the next creative chapter in our lives and to build on all the positive experiences of the past decade,” Lutz said.
Known for their socially conscious and environmentally friendly approach to design, the duo’s creations have been featured in such museums as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Royal Museum of Scotland.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)