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Ports 1961’s Tia Cibani to Exit

Sister Fiona Cibani named creative director of the luxury brand, Ports 1961.

NEW YORK — Tia Cibani, who was instrumental in the creation of the Ports 1961 label, is stepping down from her role as creative director at the end of this month

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Fiona Cibani, her sister and creative partner whose main focus has been the Ports International brand, will now also take over the creative director post for Ports 1961.

“We applaud Tia for her contributions in giving the Ports 1961 brand a unique and distinctive identity during her five years as creative director,” said Ports 1961 president Jacqui Wenzel. “She leaves a solid foundation in place and a readily identifiable aesthetic that is appreciated by a deeply loyal following around the world. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Tia Cibani joined Ports in 1990, working with DSquared’s Dean and Dan Caten, who were heading the design team then. She moved to Xiamen, China, in 1993 to oversee the development of the brand there, and only returned in 2003 to head the North American launch of the Ports 1961 label. Over the past five years, she designed the label, which was often inspired by her travels to far-flung destinations, and also created a retail concept with flagships in New York, Los Angeles and London.

The Ports International brand, which originated in Canada in 1961, was purchased by Chinese entrepreneur Alfred Chan, Fiona Cibani’s husband, in the early Nineties. It operates flagships across China.