Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are leaving their eponymous label.
“We are so proud of what we have accomplished with Current/Elliott,” the designers said in a joint statement, WWD is reporting. “Parting ways has been a difficult decision, but we are thrilled for our next chapter in design and to perpetuate our whimsical Americana aesthetic across multiple categories.”
According to WWD, Current and Elliott didn’t offer any explanation as to why they’d decided to leave their label. But there were some hints over the past few years that all was not well between them and the Current/Elliott brand’s co-founder and owner Serge Azria.
During a 2010 collaboration between Marni and Current/Elliott, Serge Azria went on record to tell WWD that Current and Elliott had no hand in the collab–which, according to our sources, was just untrue. Sources told us that Azria was trying to push the girls out. A more recent collaboration with Kate Spade was notably just with the girls themselves as stylists–not their denim brand.
The LA-based former stylists with a flare for laid back ’70s vintage turned their love of denim (they bonded over bellbottoms when they met in college) into Current/Elliott in 2008. They made their mark with the “boyfriend jean”–a style quickly embraced by Hollywood’s it-girls.
Current and Elliott are some of the loveliest folks working in fashion (read our “Life With…” feature on them to see what we mean), so we hope they’re happy with this move–and on to bigger and better things.