Simon Spurr's departure from his eponymous line was a shock. The announcement came only a few days after he was nominated for the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award and things became even more awkward when his former co-partner Judd Nydes confirmed that the brand will continue without him.
Despite all of the speculation surrounding the news, both parties remained tight lipped about the cause of the split besides wishing each other well in a piece ran by WWD, but this week they decided to shed more light on the decision to the New York Times' Eric Wilson.
According to the Times, the disagreements centred around a concern about making the label more commercially viable, which is something that Spurr hinted in his interview with WWD. Their diffusion line, Spurr, had not been performing particularly well and going accessible wasn't a route that Spurr wanted to go. His decision to leave appears to have been part an 'ultimatum to the investors that he would not risk cheapening the brand [by making it cheaper and more accessible], since many retailers have said they will not carry the line without him.'
At present, the company won't make any fall deliveries and are focusing instead on 'direct retail, through e-commerce and opening its own store' but how they will do that without a creative director at the helm is still unclear. What is apparent is that the brand still has a agreements to honour with investors, which goes a long way in explaining why they are still trying to continue without taking the time to regroup and look for a replacement.
Have we found out anything we didn't gauge already, well no, but will be interesting to see what Nydes does with the company now - absolutely.