PARIS — Carven is parting ways with its men’s wear designer Barnabé Hardy after 18 months.
The contemporary label, under new ownership since May, said it has decided to put the men’s line on hold and focus on the women’s collection. Hardy is expected to leave the house at the end of the month.
“Barnabé Hardy has been the soul of Carven’s men’s collection since 2015. It has been an exceedingly inspirational collaboration, and we wish him every success in his pursuit of new projects in the coming future,” said Sophie de Rougemont, chief executive officer of Carven.
The executive is a veteran of Bluebell Group, which recently took a majority stake in the French company. She was previously group fashion director at Bluebell and before that held the roles of managing director and fashion director of Bluebell Hong Kong.
Bluebell is a Hong Kong-based, family owned company that distributes fashion, fragrance, food and home brands throughout Asia.
The house of Carven was founded in 1945 by the late Madame Carven, the French couturier who traveled the world with her collections and brought back a trove of exotic influences.
Carven underwent a renaissance under Henri Sebaoun, head of Société Béranger, which purchased Carven in 2008, and former artistic director Guillaume Henry, who positioned it as a contemporary brand.
After Henry moved to Nina Ricci, the brand named three designers to take his place: Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud were named artistic directors for the women’s collections. Hardy, a Balenciaga alum who launched his own line of sleekly sculpted leather jackets in 2009, headed up the men’s side.
“I shall always have a deep affection for Carven and am very grateful to the company for having given me this opportunity to design for a legendary French fashion house,” Hardy said.