Simon Spurr, celebrated menswear designer, has exited as creative director of his eponymous label. WWD reports that Spurr left the company on Friday but that the designer noted in an email exchange: “At this moment, I’m not at liberty to say anything about what’s gone on.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Spurr’s recent CFDA nomination for Menswear Designer of the Year, along with fellow designers Patrik Ervell and Billy Reid. In January, he also won Fashion Group International‘s Rising Star award for Menswear.
So, why the abrupt exit for someone whose career seems to be just taking off?
We have gotten all but accustomed to fashion’s recent affinity for musical chairs, however Spurr is younger and at an earlier stage in his career than his European counterparts (he began his training, it is interesting to note, as a protegé of recent Yves Saint Laurent hire Hedi Slimane). He launched his namesake label, SPURR in 2006, expanding in 2009 to include Simon Spurr, his higher-priced designer line. This past season marked the first in which the two were consolidated under the sole denomination of Simon Spurr.
The upcoming CFDA awards gala will take place June 4th at Lincoln Center, by which time we can only hope that we will know more about Spurr’s departure and whatever exciting project the promising designer decides to take on next.