Paul Surridge Announces His Departure from Roberto Cavalli

Surridge said in an Instagram post that he now wished "to focus on other projects."
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Photo: Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images

Photo: Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images

Paul Surridge confirmed in an Instagram post on his personal account Monday morning that he will no longer serve as creative director for the Roberto Cavalli brand. 

Surridge, who joined the brand in 2017, said he wished now to "to focus on other projects that I put aside in order to achieve our common goals with Roberto Cavalli Group."

Before his time at Roberto Cavalli, Surridge worked at Calvin Klein, Burberry, Jil Sander, Z Zegna and Acne Studios. He then succeeded Peter Dundas, who had exited Roberto Cavalli in October 2016. During his tenure, Surridge was responsible for the Roberto Cavalli little sister line, Just Cavalli, as well as a children's collection. 

According to WWD, sources said the designer has grown increasingly frustrated at what he considered to be a lack of resources and investment for the store networking, as well as the brand's management and communications. The sources also said Surridge felt that the designers weren't supported. 

Furthermore, sources told WWD that Surridge has been approached for another project and is looking to distance himself from Roberto Cavalli in order to "evaluate freely the next step in his career." 

The Roberto Cavalli company did not provide WWD with any comment on the rumors, and a replacement has not been named.

See Surridge's full announcement below.

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