Alistair Carr takes his bow at Pringle's Menswear Autumn Winter 2012 show in January
The game of designer musical chairs continues today as Pringle of Scotland announce they will be parting ways with design director, Alistair Carr. According to Women's Wear Daily, the Spring Summer 2013 menswear show, set to show in London this June, will be his final collection after a 'mutual' and 'amicable' decision.
It's an unexpected development considering Carr joined the Scottish heritage label little more than a year ago. It was in March 2011 that Grazia Daily announced the under-the-radar designer would be stepping up to the task following Clare Waight Keller's move to Chloé. Might we see Pringle's signature knitwear get a fash-over, we mused, considering Carr was known for an edgy sportswear-influenced aesthetic during his tenure at Balenciaga? 'I plan to go through the archives in Scotland, and I think it’s important to respect Pringle’s heritage, but I don’t want to ‘do’ a heritage line,' he told WWD at the time.
However, the label continued to lose money and reported a loss of over $10 million last year, representing the fifth year in a row that the label had been in the red. To counterbalance the losses, the label's owners injected $16.5 million back into the brand, but it wasn't enough to keep Carr.
Cut to today and the company is planning to eschew catwalk shows in favour of small presentations and will open smaller retail stores. Jean Fang, Pringle’s CEO, tells WWD they will 'emphasise core product, such as luxury cashmere and wool separates with a modern edge'. What's more, Carr is being replaced by the label's in-house creative team who will take over the brand's design direction. 'I want to thank Alistair for all his great efforts and contributions at Pringle. We will miss him, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,' said Fang.
The question is: where will he go? Place your bets now, folks.