Antonio K. Ciongoli, cofounder and creative director of Eidos, the more fashion-forward division of Isaia, is leaving the brand after this season to launch his own collection.
Ciongoli, who has designed the collection for four-and-a-half years, will stay on through the end of this season and retain his equity stake in the label.
“Building Eidos has been a life-changing experience for me and I cannot thank Gianluca Isaia and Jim Shay [Isaia’s U.S. president] enough for the opportunity to do so,” he said. “While moving on from anything one cares about is difficult, I am optimistic about Eidos’ potential and I look forward to watching its future evolution,” Ciongoli said.
He declined to provide details about his next project at this point, saying he would unveil weekly updates via his Instagram account.
“In the last six years, I have seen the retail landscape change dramatically. The value in today’s market is the opportunity to connect directly with the people to whom our product speaks, and I’m interested in creating an immersive, content-driven platform that expands that dialogue.”
Gianluca Isaia, Isaia’s chief executive officer and third generation owner, cited Ciongoli’s “expertise and design talent” as “contributing factors to Eidos’ success in the global marketplace. We wish Antonio immense success in his future endeavors and are proud of all that he has accomplished to position Eidos as a true luxury lifestyle brand.”
The company said it will name another creative director for the label within the next few weeks.
Isaia launched the brand in fall 2013 as a lower-priced tailored clothing and furnishings collection. It has since been expanded to a complete lifestyle offering. Eidos is now sold in more than 40 locations worldwide including Barneys New York, Lane Crawford and Mr Porter.
Ciongoli joined the company at its inception as creative director. For three years before that, he had been deputy creative director for Michael Bastian’s designer collection.
A Vermont native, he attended St. Stephen’s School in Rome and graduated from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California in 2006. He began his design career at Vineyard Vines, where he oversaw all men’s and women’s accessories and children’s clothing. In 2008, Ciongoli joined Ralph Lauren as a knitwear designer for the Rugby brand before joining Michael Bastian.