Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Joe Corre quits Agent Provocateur
Joseph Corre has quit Agent Provocateur, the lingerie label he founded 15 years ago with his then-wife Serena Rees.
WWD reported this morning that Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren had left the business last week.
"Over the past few months Joe has been focusing on other projects and I think he just felt - having achieved so much with Agent Provocateur - he wanted to move on to new challenges," Garry Hogarth, the chief executive officer of AP told VOGUE.COM this afternoon. "The business is going well; we are four per cent up on last year and we have a very strong design team, so we are very confident about the future. We won't be looking to replace Joe."
Corre will remain a shareholder of the brand but will have no creative input. He will concentrate on his menswear label, A Child of the Jago, and other projects. Sarah Shotton, AP's head creative designer, will continue to oversee the collections.
AP has also has signed a license with British company BJB to produce a jewelry line, which will launch for the holiday season (some is already available online), and is close to signing a new fragrance license. The firm is also negotiating licenses for bedding, vintage-style sunglasses and umbrellas.
It'll be interesting to see how the brand copes without Corre.