LONDON — Jean Muir, the 40-year-old London fashion house famous for its matte black and navy jersey knits and feminine shapes, will close its doors in the spring.

In a statement Monday, the company said it would shutter its Conduit Street store — which opened a little over two years ago — after the Easter holiday in April. The store will stock the house’s last, spring 2007 collection.

The statement said Jean Muir Ltd. was in the process of an “orderly wind down.” A spokeswoman said the decision to shut down the business was made last week.

The news was unexpected: In November, the fashion house founded by the late Jean Muir marked its 40th anniversary with a book, “Jean Muir: Beyond Fashion,” and a big party at the store.

At the time, Sinty Stemp, the company’s sales and marketing director, said there were plans for a second store, in New York, which was to open later this year.

For complete coverage see tomorrow’s issue of WWD.

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