The fashion house Jonathan Saunders has released a statement today that the company will be closing, but it will be honouring S/S16 orders, reports WWD. “It is not a decision that I take lightly and I am eternally grateful to my team for all their hard work and dedication,” said Saunders.
“Eiesha has not only been a fantastic partner over the last year but an incredible support and we remain close. I am very thankful for all of the friends that I have across the industry, and I look forward to working with everyone again soon on future creative projects,” he added.
“Our decision to part ways was not easy and I wish Jonathan every success for the future," said his investor and business partner Eiesha Bharti Pasricha, reported WWD.
In an interview with Stylist, the prolific designer explained how the fashion scene in London is friendly, rather than competitive: “What is unique about London is the closeness between us. We’re all confident in our own identity which minimises a competitive feeling between us. Also because we all started from nothing there’s a certain camaraderie between us. We probably see each other every week.”
From his time studying at Central Saint Martins under the guidance of the late Louise Wilson, the designer found his unique style signature (a distinct use of bold colour and eclectic textiles). His first post-graduation commission was to design prints for Alexander McQueen, with the bird-of-paradise print from the 2003 collection credited to him. He then went on to consult for Pucci under Christian Lacroix and then Chloé, before he made his debut at LFW in September 2003. A mere few months later, one of his creations graced the January 2004 issue of British Vogue, and his own ground in the industry was firmly marked. Saunders won Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards two consecutive years running in 2005 and 2006, and is the creative lead at Pollini.
With an A-list roster of fans including Poppy Delevinge, Michelle Obama, Sienna Miller and Diane Kruger, the brand will be greatly missed on the red carpet, at stockists such as Net-a-Porter.com and Harvey Nichols, but most significantly, in our wardrobes.
Granted, we cannot imagine that the insuppressible creativity behind the designer will end here, it’s time to stockpile on the current and S/S16 collection—and fast. Think of it as an investment in the museum of your stylish youth, and an opportunity to own a moment in fashion history. That’s reason enough for us.
Scroll down for a round-up of our favourite Jonathan Saunders pieces to buy now, wear every day and love forever.
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