LONDON — Massimo Nicosia has resigned from his role as men’s design director at Pringle of Scotland to pursue a new opportunity, WWD has learned. The Sicilian native will be moving to Milan after seven years at Pringle, and his last collection was for spring 2018.
The company said Nicosia’s commitment to the brand and his development of the men’s collection has been invaluable. “We will miss him and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Jean Fang, chief executive officer of Pringle.
Nicosia first joined Pringle in 2008 as Clare Waight Keller’s senior men’s wear designer. He left the brand two years later to become head of men’s wear for the Nicole Farhi and Farhi by Nicole Farhi collections.
In 2012, he rejoined Pringle as head of design, and was responsible for both the men’s and women’s wear collections. He delved into textile research with gusto each season and constantly blurred the lines between knits, wovens and technical fabrics.
He also worked closely with Pringle’s knitwear technicians, experimenting with old and new techniques. For spring 2018, he created aged and distressed-looking knits, including a cotton linen sweater that looked as if it was made from bits of fraying rope, and an abstract fisherman knit that was covered with pixelated stitches and patches.
Nicosia’s first love was architecture, and he trained in industrial design at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. His career in fashion began under Alessandro Dell’Acqua before he joined Pringle.
In early 2016, Nicosia handed over his women’s wear responsibilities at Pringle to Fran Stringer, who was named women’s design director, and the two shared creative control of the brand.
Nicosia welcomed Stringer’s arrival and said it gave him the luxury of more time to dedicate to his men’s wear collections.
A Pringle spokeswoman confirmed that Stringer will remain in her role, while Nicosia’s team will design the fall 2018 collection. Pringle shows its women’s wear collections at London Fashion Week and its men’s wear at Pitti Uomo in Florence.
The company said it continues to grow its international luxury business, experiencing growth in North America, and building on the popularity of the brand in Europe and Asia.