Natasa Cagalj

MILAN — Ports 1961 is parting ways with its women’s creative director Nataša Čagalj.

A Central Saint Martins graduate, the designer joined the company in 2014 as creative director, succeeding Fiona Cibani, who held the role for four years.

“We are very grateful to Nataša for the outstanding work achieved during her tenure and wish her a bright future,” said Ports 1961 vice president Marc Boelen in a statement where the brand also highlighted Čagalj’s strategic role in kicking off a new chapter for the brand, “combining luxurious fabrics with a modern design.”

Čagalj unveiled her last collection for the Ports 1961 label last February with a runway show at London Fashion Week.

Prior to joining Ports 1961, Čagalj worked with Nino Cerruti and Peter Speliopoulos when he was appointed creative director of Cerruti Arte in Paris. She was then Alber Elbaz’s right-hand designer at Lanvin until she moved in 2005 to Stella McCartney, where she was head of design until 2012.

According to Ports 1961, a successor will be named soon.

Previously designed by creative director Milan Vukmirovic, the brand’s men’s line was discontinued last year and replaced with Ports V, which includes bi-monthly, unisex capsules. Vukmirovic is the creative director of the new brand.

Founded by Canadian entrepreneur Luke Tanabe in 1961, five years later Ports was renamed Ports International. In 1988, Dean and Dan Caten succeeded Christine and Miki Tanabe at the creative helm of the brand. In 2004, under the creative direction of the Cibani sisters, Fiona and Tia, the label re-launched as Ports 1961 and then re-located from New York to Milan and then to London, where the fashion house is currently based.

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