Gap ‘Close’ to Naming New Designer

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Drumroll, please ... Gap's new designer will soon be revealed.

Wanted: Someone to mind the Gap.

Having shown Patrick Robinson the door in May, the retailer is said to at last be "close" to naming his design successor, sources tell Women's Wear Daily.

Details, however, remain scarce as to who will take on the Adult Design reins, which has received interim support from Jennifer Giangualano, senior vice-president of kids' and baby design, since Robinson's departure.

At the brand's Spring 2012 presentation at New York Fashion Week, Gap North America president Art Peck expressed a desire to see his customers come in for more than just one or two items.

To that end, a smaller, adults-only boutique will open in Los Angeles to serve as a "test lab" for this new focus.

Suggesting a move away from the store's go-to basics, Peck also singled out the label's 1969 Denim concept as a model for the rest of the adult department.

"What has made 1969 successful is its style, amazing fit, and being on trend," he tells WWD. "That’s something we want to see everywhere.”

Maybe Jenna Lyons has a clone lurking around somewhere to help achieve that?

In the meantime, find out the latest designer to collaborate with Gap. You won't be disappointed!