Spurr’s abrupt exit, just days after he was nominated for the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award, came as an unpleasant surprise to the fashion industry, us included (though he’ll still be eligible for a CFDA award, according to The Cut). And apparently we weren’t the only ones baffled: WWD reported yesterday that, according to a “financial source,” the label’s co-founder Judd Nydes and other members of the team were also “shocked.”
And while the company has declined to comment on the designer’s departure, an in-house PR rep, Sarvie Nasseri, confirmed to WWD today that “at this time all p.r. is on hold.” She added that the company had stopped sending out sample loans for editorial purposes, though only temporarily.
WWD‘s financial source claims Nydes will carry on the business without the label’s eponymous designer, however some industry insiders (us included) wonder how realistic that plan is. Ilaria Urbinati, the co-owner and buyer for Confederacy in Los Angeles, one of the first stores to pick up Spurr’s line, told WWD, “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.”
“He must have been pretty unhappy to leave the company like that,” she added. “It’s a huge shame.” Needless to say, we’re eager to see how this situation will play out–especially if Spurr winds up winning the CFDA award. Now that will make for one uncomfortable acceptance speech…