Paul Surridge is reportedly close to resigning from Roberto Cavalli.
The English designer joined the label in 2017, succeeding Peter Dundas as creative director.
However, sources have told WWD that Surridge is no longer happy in the role and is on the verge of walking away from Roberto Cavalli.
An insider claimed his decision comes down to a lack of investment in the development and refurbishment of the store network as well as in marketing and communications. He is also said to feel the design team has not been supported, as resources have been scarce.
“The decision last summer to look for an external investor and, more recently, to not provide any more funding have made the original project impossible, and therefore triggered Paul’s decision to look elsewhere,” one source divulged.
So far, there has been no official comment on the reports. Surridge enjoyed a career in menswear design before joining Roberto Cavalli, previously holding posts at Prada, Burberry, Calvin Klein, and Jil Sander.
Despite his history in men’s fashion, Roberto Cavalli chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris was confident Surridge was the perfect fit for the Italian label and commented at the time of his appointment: “I have worked with Paul, and I had the opportunity to appreciate his creative talent as well as his managerial abilities. Paul has a 360-degree vision on brands and branding. He is passionate, mature, and an amazing team player.”
In June 2018, Surridge unveiled a full menswear line for the label. He most recently showed as part of Milan Fashion Week in February.
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