After financial backing faltered for his namesake label in late 2010, Andy Thê-Anh has quickly bounced back. The Montreal designer known for sinewy jewel-toned eveningwear has announced a new partnership with Quebec-based activewear line Lolë, launching for fall 2012.
Part of the Coalision apparel group, this presents the opportunity for Thê-Anh’s work to reach over 2,500 retailers across North America, Europe and Asia – no small feat for a designer who was previously carried in a small selection of boutiques in the U.S. and Canada. While Thê-Anh is by no means an obvious choice for Lolë , the fashion industry is currently thriving on similarly odd mash-ups. Take Oliver Theyskens at workwear label Theory or Jonathan Saunders’ recent appointment at Escada Sport as prime examples.
Nonetheless, Thê-Anh is embracing this next step in an illustrious career that saw his dresses grace notables such as Jeanne Beker and Laureen Harper. “After I wrote the final chapter on the adventure that was my own brand, it was clear the moment had arrived to join a visionary company, one that was full of ambition and exceptional potential.” says the designer. “Lolë invites women with a passion for a life lived well, which is the message that I have always conveyed through my creations: bringing fashion to women’s active lives through a modernism tinged with femininity.”
Elegant exercisewear? If anyone can do it, it’s Thê-Anh.