Well it's finally happened. After the ups and downs of Christian Lacroix's attempts to find an investor to save his bankrupt label, the French designer seems to have called it quits once and for all. Lacroix has shed his connections to his eponymous line, opting instead for the design of theater costumes, hotel interiors, and other non-couture operations at his XLCL studio. So has the label collapsed in Lacroix's wake? Quite the contrary. The team Lacroix left behind is continuing its remaining operations and even trying to build back momentum. Though couture and ready-to-wear got the axe through the company's bankruptcy, new plans are seemingly in the works. Nicolas Topiol, Lacroix's CEO, is currently inking plans for new licensing deals that would maintain the brand's menswear, silk, and bridal lines, as well as introduce new categories such as women's eyewear and sunglasses, stationary, and home textiles.
Though Lacroix's team has been weathered down to 12 employees, (more than half less than the previous team of 30), the ones that have stayed on make up a powerhouse team. Leading that team is still creative director Sacha Walckhoff, Lacroix's tried and true talent who has worked on-and-off with him since 1992. Walckoff's visions paired with the label's new PR firm BPCM are enough to make Topiol hopeful for the future. “I think it’s better to start fresh. There’s a new life, a new chapter starting in this company,” Topiol told WWD. “The brand is strong, it’s known and we feel we can really build on that.”
Article Source: WWD, Fashionologie
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