LONDON — The design duo of Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro has put the Clements Ribeiro label into voluntary liquidation following an unexpected cancellation by the company’s clothing manufacturing partner, according to a statement issued Friday.
The label’s fall deliveries will be honored, and the Clements Ribeiro footwear line, produced by Italian company Mima Srl, will continue.
“We have every intention of going ahead with the production, and it’s business as usual,” said a spokeswoman for Mima Srl, based near Venice. Clements and Ribeiro have set up a new company, Clements Ribeiro Trading, to wholesale the accessories.
A spokeswoman for the brand declined to give any further details about whether the designers would show a spring 2006 collection at London Fashion Week in September.
Clements Ribeiro has become one of the most anticipated shows at London Fashion Week since the duo returned to show in London in February 2003 after a brief defection to Paris. The partners still show their collection for Cacharel, which is unaffected by the liquidation, in Paris.
In their fall 2005 collection, Clements Ribeiro referenced Frida Kahlo and the Mexican Day of the Dead, showing bright floral prints on dark tea dresses, accessorized with skeleton earrings. Spring 2005 took the collection in the direction of India, when they showed sari-inspired dresses printed with huge lotus flowers, in a palette of yellow, orange and green.
However, though their designs may be eccentric, the designers have recently turned their attention to the more lucrative aspect of their label, launching their accessories collection in September 2004, which for fall 2005 featured heavily studded leather bags and shoes. In February, the duo designed a fur line for Hockley.
This story first appeared in the August 8, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.