MILAN — Valextra said Friday Álvaro González will leave his role as design director of the brand to focus on his own accessories label, called Álvaro, which he launched last year.


This confirms a WWD fashion scoop on Friday.


“I have admired Valextra since first discovering it 20 years ago, a label that epitomizes Made in Italy,” said González. “It’s been a challenging yet very satisfying journey, creating a new dialogue for the house between its past, the present and the future.”


The brand’s in-house team will now design the collections.


Before joining Valextra in July 2013, González, an industry veteran and well-respected designer, had served as style director of accessories at Jimmy Choo and worked with brands including Stuart Weitzman, Tod’s, Loro Piana, Emilio Pucci, Valentino and Genny.


New chief executive officer Alessandra Bettari said she was “very grateful” to the designer for his work at Valextra.


As reported last month, Bettari is highlighting the company’s tradition of working with outside creative talent on special collections – a tradition initiated by Giovanni Fontana, who founded the brand in 1937. For example, marking the opening of the New York and Hong Kong stores in November, Valextra tapped Italian designer Martino Gamper to create exclusive products for the label.

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