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NEW YORK — Designer Simon Spurr has exited as creative director at the label that bears his name. He left the company on Friday, he confirmed to WWD.
This story first appeared in the March 19, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Spurr co-founded the brand in 2006 with partner Judd Nydes, who helped finance the company. E-mails to Nydes were not immediately returned.
The departure comes just as Spurr was nominated for the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year prize last week, along with Patrik Ervell and Billy Reid. In January, Spurr won the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award in men’s wear.
In an e-mail, Spurr noted: “At this moment, I’m not at liberty to say anything about what’s gone on.”
Spurr launched the company with Nydes as a denim maker, selling initially to Bergdorf Goodman and expanding into a full collection the following year. The company went further upscale in 2009 by launching the Simon Spurr designer collection and developed a signature look centered on sleek, English-inflected tailoring and sophisticated sportswear.
The line is sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Jeffrey, among other high-end retailers.
In 2010, Spurr was tapped by Tommy Hilfiger as a creative consultant for his men’s runway collection. The designer was born in Kent, England, in 1974 and held design posts at Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren before launching his label.