Patrick Robinson Out at Gap
After four years, Patrick Robinson has fallen out of the Gap.
The retailer announced it has parted ways with the executive vice-president of Gap Global Design for Adult and Body, WWD reports.
“After spending the last three months in New York with the creative team, I’ve made the decision to make a change within our Gap Adult design team,” Pam Wallack, head of the Gap Global Creative Center in New York, told the paper.
“Patrick has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for Gap brand and our customers over the last four years, and we’re grateful for his hard work, especially related to our 1969 denim,” adds Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. “Our leaders of the new Gap Global Creative Center are taking the necessary steps to compete and win around the world.”
Robinson, who had previous stints at Giorgio Armani, Perry Ellis, Paco Rabanne, and Anne Klein, was a familiar fashion fixture who has seen the brand forge collaborations with the likes of Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, and Valentino under his reign.
Still, reports suggest that his designs were "uninspired" and sales sluggish (the company recently announced plans to shutter 200 stores), leading to him handing over denim design duties to colleague Rosella Giuliani in recent months.
While Gap searches for a successor, Giuliani will continue to oversee the 1969 denim line as Jennifer Giangualano, senior vice-president of kids' and baby design, provides support to the adult division.
Stay tuned for updates on Robinson's replacement—and his next move.