Gap has dismissed its chief designer, Patrick Robinson.
Robinson has been a darling of the fashion media and a recognizable public face of Gap. His appointment in 2007 landed him magazine and newspaper editorials and he’s been giving a steady stream of interview since. The excitement was no doubt due to his previous success designing for Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein and Paco Rabanne. He was one of Vogue‘s 100 rising stars in 1996.
According to an article in the New York Times, the chain’s North American sales have been decreasing since 2005. Robinson’s arrival in 2007 was expected to spark a turnaround but even last year, stores showed a 1 per cent drop where sister stores Banana Republic and Old Navy had positive results.
The company is currently searching for a successor.