By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Patrick Robinson is out at The Gap. Most people were shocked to hear it but not surprised as the designer had never found his groove at one of the world’s most famous mall chains.
Robinson started out as a fashion phenomenon in the mid-nineties after graduating from The Parsons School of Design in New York City. He worked for Paco Rabanne, Perry Ellis, Anne Klein and Giorgio Armani (where he managed to make the line profitable and popular). He then went on to become a member of both the CFDA and Vogue’s 100 Rising Stars. He is also married to Vogue’s Virgina Smith.
Robinson eventually started his own namesake line which drew the attention of Target. In 2007, he designed a Target GO International collection inspired by his native California. A few months later he was hired by The Gap as head designer. While there he would introduce a popular line of jeans and co-host The Costume Institute’s ‘Met Ball’ Gala. Photo from Business of Fashion.
It’s sad that Robinson has to deal with being blamed for The Gap’s problems when the company was suffering before they hired him. His departure is just another major staff reshuffling that seems to be a popular game they like to play. One thing is for sure, Robinson won’t have any trouble finding a job. He is one designer who is never unemployed for too long.