In one of the classiest departures in fashion history, the eternally romantic and poetic designer Ann Demeulemeester announced her departure from her signature brand with a hand written letter sent out to the fashion world late last night.
It would be easy to talk about how Demeulemeester was one of the original Antwerp Six who brought the world of Belgian design onto the world stage. Or how her dedication to her uniquely tender and slightly melancholy aesthetic made her clothing singular in the fashion world.
But instead let’s let Ann speak for herself. Here is the letter, signed simply with an all inclusive X, that the designer send out to announce the beginning of the next chapter in her already rich life.
We wish her every success.
Transcript of handwritten letter by Ann Demeulemeester:
As a young girl I dreamed of having a voice in fashion.
I worked hard to realize this dream and now I feel that I accomplished this mission.
I always followed my own path.
A new time is coming both for my personal life and the brand “Ann Demeulemeester”.
I feel it’s time to separate our paths.
“Ann Demeulemeester” is an adult brand now with its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me.
I trust the company and the people that worked hard with me.
We prepared this step together and they feel ready to bring the brand further into the future.
For the next winter-collection, we have decided to show men and woman together in one show on the 27th of February 2014.
The new collection will be in the showroom in January 2014.
I want to thank all of you with all my heart for the trust and support you have given me.
I feel proud of what we realized together.
I’m a happy and fulfilled person, ready to create new challenges in life.