KIND OF BLUE: House of Jazz, the London-based fashion label known for its signature bold prints and celebrity clients including Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Drew Barrymore, is closing its doors.
The four-year-old company’s founders, designers Hazel Robinson and Pablo Flack, said in a statement Wednesday they would not show at London Fashion Week in September. Their last ready-to-wear collection, for this fall, will sell at Selfridges, Browns and Matches in London.
“It’s the right time for us to do new things, and I think it’s best to finish something when it’s doing well,” Flack said in a telephone interview. “It definitely feels like it’s time to put the House of Jazz project in a box on top of the wardrobe and to think back on what a fantastic time we’ve had.”
Flack already is working on a new venture — a restaurant and bar called Bistrotheque, in east London. Before founding House of Jazz, he founded London’s 333 nightclub. Flack and Robinson met at another bar he was managing in 1995. Robinson will remain focused on fashion. “Pablo and I have worked on this brand intensively for the last four years, and both feel the need for a change,” she said in the statement. “I have enjoyed the fashion roller coaster immensely, and will still pursue my career in this arena.”
Flack said the label was not having financial difficulties. “British fashion is never going to be a huge money-earner, but I think we were actually one of the few independent British labels to post a profit last year.”
He would not give sales or profit figures.
House of Jazz first showed off-schedule during London Fashion Week in February 2001, and since then has been one of the highlights of this city’s fashion season.
“I think it’s a great shame that such a vibrant label will be missing from the London schedule this season,” said Katie Grand, editor in chief of Pop magazine, who worked as a stylist with House of Jazz when it began.
Since 2001, the House of Jazz shows have been funded by sponsors including Fashion East — a showcase for young designers — Topshop and Eye2Eye. The duo currently designs a signature range for Topshop. — Ellen Burney
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