PARIS — Daniel Kearns has stepped down as artistic director of Façonnable, WWD has learned.
Reached by telephone on Saturday, Kearns confirmed his exit and declined further comment.
The Dublin-born men’s wear designer joined the French sportswear firm in September 2013 and showed three collections, steering Façonnable in a more sophisticated direction that caught the attention of international media and landed the brand in a range of top specialty stores.
Last October, Kearns won attention for a capsule collection based on late artist and eternal dandy Jean Cocteau, the first of a series meant to exalt the cultural heritage of Façonnable’s native region — the French Riviera. That project was showcased in stores including Colette in Paris, Corso Como 10 in Milan, The Webster in Miami and Smets in Brussels.
Kearns’ exit is the latest signal of turbulence at the Nice-based company. Last month, managing director Ludovic Le Gourrièrec, who had recruited Kearns, exited the company, said to be in the throes of a major reorganization.
Before joining Façonnable, Kearns designed men’s wear for brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.