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There is little news from the main players in the split of designer Simon Spurr from the company that bears his name as both the designer, his former business partner and the most of the retailers who carry the label have reserved comment about the surprising situation. In a follow up, WWD confirms several points including that the company was as blindsided by the development late last week as retailers and other followers of New York's menswear industry were. Company co-founder Judd Nydes is expected to continue the business without the designer, but influential Los Angeles stylist and retailer Ilaria Urbinati, a co-owner of the boutique Confederacy, which has carried the designer since he started the brand with a denim line, announced that she will not continue to sell the label without Spurr's involvement. “He was the heart and soul of the company. The brand is 100 percent about him and his aesthetic and vision. I don’t think it can survive without him,” she tells WWD.

Spurr's client list includes an enviable group of the most exclusive stores here and abroad like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Maxfield and Jeffrey among others, and most of them have not commented on the situation, perhaps in hopes that it will resolve itself amicably. Will they be willing to risk continuing to carry an expensive line so closely associated with its designer's personal touch without him? Will this become a situation where a designer is bitterly separated from his own brand like that of Joseph Abboud, for example, or one where the designer bides his time and eventually regains control of his trademark, like Roland Mouret did?

One thing WWD clarifies is that Simon Spurr the person is still eligible for the CFDA Mens Designer of the Year Award for which he was nominated only days before he resigned.

Future of Simon Spurr Brand Up in the Air By David Lipke (WWD)
Previously:

Today In Head-Scratchers: Simon Spurr Leaves Simon Spurr

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