Simon Spurr stirred up some waves in the fashion community back in March when he up and quit his eponymous menswear label without saying why. Then it got even more confusing when the company announced that it would continue without Simon Spurr, the designer. Oh, and did we mention that this all happened mere days after the designer was nominated for the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award? Awkward.
The New York Times‘ Eric Wilson pinned down both Spurr and his business partner/co-founder Judd Nydes, and while neither party came clean about the specific reasons for Spurr’s departure, it seems that the designer may have left because of a disagreement over the high price point of Spurr’s collection.
According to the Times, Spurr (the designer) was under pressure to make the label more commercially viable. Sales were only around $3 million and a diffusion line, Spurr, never took off. So Spurr’s decision to leave his namesake label, the Times implies, could be seen as kind of an eff-you, an “ultimatum to the investors that he would not risk cheapening the brand, since many retailers have said they will not carry the line without him.”
The company, which is not making any fall deliveries and apparently let most of its employees go, is going to “focus on direct retail, through e-commerce and opening its own store,” Nydes told the Times. It’s unclear how exactly it’s going to do that without a creative director, but there are investors to whom the company has a responsibility. It may all work out yet, because Spurr would like to come back.
“I’m working together with my business partner and investor to find a resolution,” he said. “I have high hopes to come back to the company one day. I’m looking forward to whatever the next step would be, whatever it is.” Nydes seems equally as open to Spurr returning to his role as creative director, saying that Spurr’s departure was “unexpected and sudden” and that they wanted him to stay on as creative director at the time of his resignation.
We may never know the full truth, but for the sake of stylish guys everywhere, we hope Spurr finds its way back to the market.