KEARNEY LEAVES STEFFE: Shaun Kearney is no longer designing the Cynthia Steffe collection for Bernard Chaus Inc. The creative director and executive vice president has left the firm and his last collection will be spring 2012. Kearney said he is considering several different business opportunities and will make his plans known at a later date. “It was very amicable, but we’ve decided to go our separate ways,” he said. Chaus officials were unavailable for comment.

Kearney had served as creative director of Steffe since 2008. Earlier he was vice president and creative director of Kenneth Cole New York women’s sportswear, a former division of Chaus, a role he assumed in 2003. Earlier he held design posts at Max Mara, Laundry by Shelli Segal and Randolph Duke.

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Sources said the Steffe business is going forward, and Kearney’s successor hasn’t been named.

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