In news that will probably surprise no one, Patrick Robinson is out at the Gap. Back in February, the Gap cleaned house at the management level, installing Pam Wallack as the executive director of the new Gap Global Creative Center. They also replaced their longtime creative agency, Laird+Partners. It was inevitable that more big changes would come, since Gap’s North American performance has been dismal and uninspired for several years.
“After spending the last three months in New York with the creative team, I’ve made the decision to make a change within our Gap Adult design team,” Wallack told WWD. The search for a successor is currently under way. In the meantime, Jennifer Giangualano, senior vice president of kids and baby design, will cover the adult design division as well.
Gap leadership acknowledged all of Robinson’s hard work on the 1969 line, which has been the most promising and design-oriented part of the Gap brand. However, WWD reports that he gave up denim design several months ago to Rosella Giuliani, who will continue in her role overseeing the Gap 1969 line.
Will the Gap go for another marquee name for its top design slot? Time will tell. And we’re sure this isn’t the last we’ll see of Patrick Robinson.