FASHION NEWS: ARMANI EXCHANGE CREATIVE DIRECTOR FIRED AFTER PLAGIARISM ACCUSATION
Designer Patrick Robinson was let go as creative director for Armani Exchange after a reported plagiarism charge. The design under scrutiny was the “torc” bracelet, Robinson constructed for A/X’s men’s collection, the style look nearly indistinguishable from David Yurman’s classic cable cuff bracelet.
Patrick Robinson, attended Parsons School of Design and was formerly known as the creative director of The Gap, from ’07 to ’11, before taking his place at Armani Exchange. Robinson had worked with likes of Giorgio Armani, Perry Ellis, Anne Klein, and Paco Rabanne in the past. Robinson, who had the support from industry insiders including Vogue’s Anna Wintour, created the alleged bracelets with recycled bullets and handguns donated by the police. The proceeds were donated to nonprofit Liberty United International, an organization created to educate children about the violence of guns.
A source told New York Post, Yurman sent a legal letter to Armani Exchange, demanding for sales to be put to a halt and to stop all sales of the alleged item. Although David Yurman representatives denied said letter, the resemblance of the two bracelets were uncanny, leaving a great deal of room for speculations to surface. A/X did defend, however, that it was rooted declining sales at A/X that ultimately decided Robinson’s departure; stating that it had nothing to do with the alleged cease-and-desist letter, theorized on page six.
Armani Exchange had been reached out for further comments but had not yet responded.