Designer News. RIP Bill Blass Couture

December 22, 2008 • Magazine

Bill Blass Fall ’08
Sadly we knew this was coming. According to WWD, Bill Blass Couture closed Friday and laid off all of its 60-plus employees without any severance. Merry Christmas.

There were some sewers and workers who had been with Blass on his opening day in 1970.

Bill_blassManagement at parent company NexCen Brands Inc. broke the news last week, but did not commit to severance. Some former Bill Blass staffers speculated Sunday that any severance may be contingent on the sale of the Bill Blass brand and its ready-to-wear component. NexCen is said to be negotiating a deal to sell Bill Blass to Peacock, a company that specializes in men’s neckties, and is eager to finalize one by the end of the year, due to financial incentives established by an undisclosed bank.

How truly sad.

"When in doubt, wear red." – Bill Blass
Source: WWD
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One Response to Designer News. RIP Bill Blass Couture

  1. An unfortunate sign of the times. But perhaps BB will come back with something more attainable and sustainable – less couture. who knows? Happy Holidays!

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