Declan Kearney has left his creative director role at Maiyet, WWD reported Thursday afternoon. Kearney joined the luxury brand more than a year ago, succeeding Kristy Caylor, who co-founded Maiyet in 2011 with Paul van Zyl. Kearney was responsible for ready-to-wear, accessories and campaigns while maintaining Maiyet's mission to partner with artisans in developing countries. According to The New York Times, Kearney's hire arrived at a "crucial juncture" for the brand, which had plans to hold 60 wholesale accounts (from 34) by the end of 2015.
Though, a source tells WWD that Maiyet's shift towards a direct-to-consumer model contributed to Kearney's departure.
Kearney previously held design director roles at Jason Wu and Alexander Wang, as well as a design consultant position for Roberto Cavalli. His departure joins a number of creative director exits in the past year, adding to the rumor mill of appointments for fashion houses with open positions. Though many have already been filled — the latest reportedly being Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri to Dior and Raf Simons (probably) to Calvin Klein — we could be seeing Kearney at a brand like Tod's or Edun, who have yet to name new creative directors.
A rep for Maiyet could not immediately be reached for comment.