NEW YORK — If there’s one message that Katayone Adeli would like to deliver along with the news that her company has temporarily suspended operations, it’s this: "This is not a horror story about how bad the economy is," she said.

The designer, whose signature collections have received consistently strong marks from editors and retailers alike over the past six years, said her decision to close her studio and Bond Street store on Wednesday was more a result of the challenges faced by an independent designer not willing to make a compromise when it comes to quality or fit. Adeli said the company, which she built herself, suffered from a lack of financing and staff that made it virtually impossible to complete her fall orders.

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