PARIS – Paco Rabanne is in flux – but not out of fashion.
The Paris-based house, owned by Spain’s Puig Group, has informed retailers it will not ship its fall-winter collection as it restructures, market sources said.
It is understood the house aims to wind down its high-cost Paris operations, which involve some 40 employees, but not exit the apparel business. Rabanne is said to be considering several options, including a manufacturing partnership, and a possible repositioning of its designer line.
Patrick Robinson, an American designer brought in to reenergize the house in 2004, is still working at Puig’s 26th Street offices in Manhattan and is expected to remain at the design helm.
Mario Grauso, president of Puig Fashion Group, could not be reached for comment on Thursday. It is understood Rabanne’s fragrance business is not affected by the changes.
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