The Simon Spurr era at Gieves & Hawkes was short-lived.
The designer and the label have parted ways before his first collection even saw the light of a runway.
In October, the British heritage label owned by Trinity Ltd. in Hong Kong, named Spurr creative director, elevating him from the same position at its Kent & Curwen label.
At the time, Richard Cohen, chief executive officer of Trinity, said: “Simon made an immediate and lasting impact on our Kent & Curwen brand with his showing at London Men’s Fashion Week fall 2014. I look forward to him reprising this achievement with Gieves & Hawkes. Simon’s appointment presents a significant opportunity to cement Gieves & Hawkes’ position as the epitome of modern British tailoring.”
Spurr said he actually exited the company quietly in February. Cohen couldn’t be reached for comment on a successor.
Spurr’s first collection was going to be for spring 2017 at London Collections: Men. He will however be showing his first floor-lamp collection, Simon James, at Milan’s Superdesign show in mid-April.
Before joining Kent & Curwen, Simon was creative director of his own label. Prior to that, he was the design director for Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Black Label and has also worked at Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2013 he was a creative consultant for men’s wear at Tommy Hilfiger.
The shift of Spurr from Kent & Curwen to Gieves & Hawkes was part of a major shuffle at Trinity that saw David Beckham and his partner Global Brands Group align with the label to turn it into a major lifestyle brand based on his style. Kent & Curwen in February named Daniel Kearns creative director to assist Beckham in that effort. Meanwhile, Gieves & Hawkes former creative director, Jason Basmajian, became creative director at the Trinity-owned Cerrutti 1881.