NEW YORK — Rag & Bone is expected to announce today that Nathan Bogle is leaving the label he cofounded with Marcus Wainwright in 2001.
“I have made a decision to part ways,” said Bogle on Thursday. “It was a tough call but I had to make it. It’s come about through some differences in design and ambitions for the company.”
Although founded in 2001, Rag & Bone officially launched with a men’s wear collection for spring 2004, which was followed by women’s wear for fall 2005. For the launch collection, the designers initially focused on denim, but quickly expanded with sportswear. Rag & Bone is sold in stores such as Barneys New York, Louis Boston, Nom de Guerre and Harrods. This fall, the line will be sold in 200 doors.
Bogle indicated there were creative differences, and he wanted to work on a more upscale line, while the other partners wanted to keep Rag & Bone a more contemporary sportswear collection. The fall 2006 collection is the last one Bogle contributed to. Wainwright and David Neville, who became a partner in the firm in 2004, will continue operating Rag & Bone.
“We are very focused on what the brand stands for,” Wainwright said, “We will continue to run the business, which is going so well for us. We have no plans to change the direction we are going in.”
“It was not that dramatic, just a parting of ways,” Wainwright added of Bogle’s departure. “We had slightly different views on where we would be going and the kinds of clothes we should be making. We got to a point where we both felt the best thing for him was to move on, so that he could focus on what he wanted to do.”
Separations could become a trend this season. Just last week, Josia Lamberto-Egan said he was leaving the Trovata foursome, which won the Perry Ellis award for emerging talent at the 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards, for which Rag & Bone was also nominated.
Bogle, a former model, is already working on his next move — a collection to launch for fall 2007. “Right now, I am still in transition mode, but it will be with a couple of new designers, or maybe a slightly larger team than what we had at Rag & Bone,” he said. While he hasn’t decided on a name for it, he said it would be “a new luxury concept. It will probably be pitching at a higher end than Rag & Bone.”