In an increasingly bizarre and confusing situation, Simon Spurr, the company, has confirmed that operations will continue despite the fact that Simon Spurr, the co-founding designer, left the company last month. Judd Nydes, co-founder of Simon Spurr, who has stayed with the company, told WWD, “We regret Simon’s unfortunate decision to leave the company. The company plans to continue without Simon and is looking towards a bright future as its business continues to mature."
Nydes and Spurr also offer a little more insight into why Spurr decided to leave his namesake company. Sort of. They both vaguely indicated that his departure stemmed from possible disagreements with financial backer Hugo Stenbeck and between the founders themselves. The circumstances, Spurr tells WWD, "had been going on for a while" and he "had tried to work things out" before making the "terribly difficult" decision to leave.
It's just a weird situation because it's not something that happens with younger brands. While Simon Spurr is (was?) undeniably a promising, growing label, it's not exactly some huge, internationally recognized brand that could just switch designers without anyone knowing or caring. Even if shoppers can't tell the difference, buyers can.
So where does Spurr stand now? According to the trade, he remains an equity partner in Simon Spurr, is still a men's creative consultant for Tommy Hilfiger, and still really wants to win that CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award: “Hell yeah. If they don’t vote for me this year, they’re not going to next year,” said the designer. “It’s now or never.”
As for what's next, Spurr, who has spent time at Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren before launching his own label, says he's “looking forward with great hope and excitement toward my future within the industry as a men’s fashion designer.” He doesn't explicitly state whether or not that will be with a different company or his own, but he says, “It was never my intention to join another company, despite all the speculation.” If he does start his own company, we wonder what he'll call it, since his own name is already taken...