Designer News. Narciso Rodriguez & Liz Claiborne Split

October 8, 2008 • Fashion


Breaking up is hard to do. According to WWD, Narciso Rodriguez and Liz Claiborne Inc. are ending their 18-month-old partnership.

Rodriguez will regain full ownership of his business and inherent
trademarks. The termination of the deal will give Rodriguez, who launched his collection in
1997 in a partnership with Aeffe SpA, complete autonomy for the
first time.

In the end the relationship just
didn’t work. “LCI and I had hoped there would be more synergies
between our companies,” Rodriguez commented to WWD. “We did not find
enough common grounds and jointly have concluded that the Narciso
Rodriguez brand could be developed more effectively outside of this

Rodriguez has been a household fashion name practically since he
created the bridal gown for the late Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. He has a
following among celebrities and socialites like Jessica Seinfeld,
Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Weisz and Claire Danes

But, despite his recognition,
Rodriguez, like many of his contemporaries, has been challenged to grow
his business to a size that equals his talent. Before finding a partner
in $4 billion Claiborne, he was struggling to make ends meet,
recounting to WWD last year how the fashion industry galvanized to help
him, from Donna Karan sending over rolls of fabric to Ralph Lauren
offering advice.

Read more "Claiborne, Rodriguez Terminate Partnership" here

Read this interesting article from the NYPost on the real deal here.

Read Second City Style’s "Plain & Simple" here.

Source: WWD

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