Jens Laugesen RTW Spring ’08
Small fashion businesses are particularly vulnerable in economic downturns and two Danish labels have been the most recent victims. London-based Danish designer Jens Laugesen has closed his signature label
after six years. That closure follows last month’s news that Danish
luxury brand Camilla Staerk was shut by its owner, Danish fashion giant
Bestseller, which had financed Staerk
since 2003, according to WWD.
Laugesen, cited a lack of
investment and declining sales. “I won all the awards possible, had
sponsorship in both London and Paris, but you still need some extra
funding and it didn’t happen,” he said.
potential manufacturing and distribution licensing deals in Belgium and
Italy, plus backing from Danish investors, when none of those deals
could be concluded by the crucial cutoff date for the next season, Laugesen
decided to put the company into voluntary liquidation at the end of
July. He feels he is not the first, and likely not the
last, independent designer to close during this shaky period.
Laugesen, who has created collections for
fast-fashion giant Topshop and eyewear for Linda Farrow, said he’s in
talks with different companies. “I’m looking forward to putting my
design philosophy into practice, either with my own brand with a
structured, grown-up business or in the role of creative director for
an existing brand,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Camilla
Staerk, meanwhile, said that, while business at the eight-year-old
label, which split with its founder, Camilla Staerk, in 2006, had
increased in recent years thanks to well-received collections, poor
sales of the spring 2009 line shown in Copenhagen in August prompted
the decision. “Everybody is struggling this season,” the spokeswoman
said, adding that the collection will not be manufactured.
Don’t be confused! The label Staerk (which Camilla began after losing the rights to the Camilla Staerk name when she fell out with her backers and left the company) is still arond. Staerk
is now based in New York and a flagship store opened last summer.
Sadly we fear these may not be the only labels to shutter in the upcomming months.
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