Sigerson Morrison has closed its last remaining retail outpost.
A spokeswoman for Marc Fisher Footwear, the brand’s parent company, confirmed the Sigerson Morrison store on Prince Street in New York’s NoLIta neighborhood closed several weeks ago.
While the company declined to confirm other store closures, it appears that Sigerson Morrison as of 2012 had at least three stores in New York, three in the Los Angeles area and one in San Francisco, all of which are now closed.
Susan Itzkowitz, president of Marc Fisher Footwear said: “The transition away from brick and mortar reflects Sigerson Morrison’s efforts to focus resources on the growth segments of our business, wholesale and e-commerce. We are excited by the opportunity to expand the reach of our brand.”
The NoLIta store was one of the first outposts for Sigerson Morrison, opened in 1999, about seven years after the shoe line’s founders Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison began selling their designs at department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman.
The brand later launched a lower-priced sister line, Belle.
Sigerson and Morrison won the CFDA award for accessory design in 1996 and by the mid 2000s, the brand had grown to $30 million and the company was looking to attract investors for further growth.
In 2006, the brand linked up with Marc Fisher, which produces shoes for Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Ivanka Trump and Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner’s line, Kendall + Kylie. While Sigerson and Morrison stayed on as creative directors for their brand after selling their majority stake, by early 2011 the business relationship had crumbled, and the founders were ousted.
Although Itzkowitz said then that the company planned to go forward with the line and had a new design team in place, things appear to have been rocky. In late 2011, Sigerson Morrison went “on holiday” with no product on offer until spring 2012 and the Belle line took over some more freestanding retail space. Sources at the time said the fall 2011 collection, the last designs by the founders, was never produced.
The brand rolled back out in 2012, with Taylor Tomasi Hill on board as a creative consultant, but by then the founders and the company were in the midst of series of lawsuits in New York court.
Marc Fisher Footwear, which had been renamed Fisher Sigerson Morrison, struck first, claiming the designers failed to produce their last collection on time and demanded about $2 million in damages. Sigerson and Morrison pushed back with their own suit, arguing the delay was not their fault and asked for $6 million in damages and owed compensation, along with claims of sexual harassment against the company’s founder, Marc Fisher.
The litigation was eventually settled at the federal level with an agreement that the founders could not use their trademarked name on any future designs or branding and FSM agreed not to enforce certain provisions of the designers’ employment contracts.
A lawsuit at the state level went on through most of 2014, but Sigerson and Morrison eventually won more than $1.8 million in compensation they were owed for being terminated without proper cause, along with additional royalties and interest, and a dismissal of FSM’s breach of contract claims.
While Sigerson and Morrison’s claims of sexual harassment against Fisher were set to go to trial, after a New York judge found it was “undisputed that Fisher consistently behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner,” the parties reached a settlement and agreed to dismiss the remaining allegations in late 2014.
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