Maria Pinto Leaves Mark Shale

October 27, 2011 • Designers, Fashion, Fashion Blog, Industry

Chicago designer Maria Pinto announced yesterday that she leaving her post as Mark Shale‘s creative director after only seven months on the job.

Pinto took the Chicago-based retailer’s rebranding effort in March, overseeing, but not designing, its women’s collections, which featured pieces by Diane Von Furstenberg, Trina Turk and Catherine Malandrino. Ms. Pinto’s departure comes after the July retirement of CEO Scott Baskin, who headed Mark Shale for 35 years and led the company of bankruptcy.

“I am pleased with what I was able to do there. It was a great experience,” she tells Crain’s, indicating she will go back to creating her own line. “Designing is in my blood. I intend to design a new collection.”
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