Twenty-seven years after launching her own business, Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester will be leaving the Ann Demeulemeester brand. This latest in surprise shakeups comes via dispatched of a PDF of a handwritten letter (below), delivered in fitting enigmatic fashion.
“A new time is coming both for my personal life and the brand Ann Demeulemeester,” she wrote, adding that the brand has “its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing with out me.”
Ann Demeulemeester, the brand, will show men’s and women’s collections for fall-winter 2014 together on Jan. 27 during Paris Fashion Week. No word yet on a replacement, but whoever it is has some big calfskin combat boots to fill.