BERLIN Escada’s long-term fashion director Daniel Wingate has left the Munich fashion house, the company confirmed.

The American designer is reportedly focusing on new challenges and responsibilities. He has spent much of his career in Europe, with stints at Strenesse, Marc O’Polo and Hugo Boss woman before joining Escada in 2003 as senior designer. He later served as Escada design director before being named the company’s fashion director in 2012. Currently in America on family matters, Wingate could not be reached for comment.

At the Escada display at today’s Berliner Mode Salon, a company participation, which Wingate fostered, new Escada chief executive officer Iris Epple-Righi told WWD that Escada had started its search for a successor.

“Daniel was with us for 13 years, and we love him. But it’s normal for him to now want to do something different,” she commented. She thanked the designer for his “relentless support and his creative vision” in what she termed a long and successful career with Escada and Escada Sport.