Dunhill said in a statement the decision was mutual, and the fall collection would be Ray’s last for the brand. It did not say who, if anyone, would replace him.
Fabrizio Cardinali, Dunhill’s chief executive officer, thanked Ray for his “dedication, support, and significant contribution” in developing the brand.
“Our business strategy remains focused on building the ultimate destination brand for gentlemen,” he added.
Ray said he would continue to follow the brand with interest as it builds on its heritage.
With his wry sense of humor and love of British history, Ray had breathed new life into Dunhill with a series of luxe collections that channeled the spirit of the nation’s aristocrats and bohemians alike. His collections had featured mink and alpaca coats, silk striped pajamas, outerwear and tailored clothing in traditional British fabrics. He always had an elegant touch — even when crafting a plaid shirt or simple sweater vest.
Last year, Ray joked that he wanted to ban dress-down Fridays at Dunhill and urged his colleagues to think about donning sporty suits instead.
Last year, Dunhill launched a new scent called Icon, the first in a new fragrance family. The scent, produced and distributed by Inter Parfums, encapsulates the motoring heritage of the brand, and Ray’s personal tastes.