Patrick Robinson Officially Out at Gap; No Successor Yet Named


After a six-year stint, Patrick Robinson, the executive vice president of Gap Global Design for Adult and Body, is officially out at the company, WWD reports.

The news isn't a complete surprise: Rumors of Robinson's stock falling at the company have persisted for some time, and it's no secret that Gap has not enjoyed the kind of success it was hoping for when it hired the young, well-regarded designer in 2007 to spearhead its collections and revive the label's fashion stake. Robinson's pedigree had previously included stints at Giorgio Armani and Anne Klein.

According to WWD, Pam Wallack, who is the head of Gap's Global Creative Center in New York, said he spent three months with the creative team before making the decision to "make a change" in the team.

As CEO Glenn Murphy told WWD: "Patrick has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for Gap brand and our consumers over the last four years, and we're grateful for his hard work, especially related to our 1969 denim."

While a search for a successor is reportedly already underway, senior vice president of kids and baby designer Jennifer Giangualano will lead the design team, and Rosella Giuliiani -- who had already taken over denim design from Robinson several months ago -- will continue her work on Gap's jeans and 1969 collection.

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