Patrick Robinson, the much-lauded vice-president of Gap global design for its adult and body categories, has left the company with immediate effect.
Pam Wallack, head of the Gap Global Creative Centre, which is based in New York and which opened earlier this year to drive global growth, will take over the day-to-day management of the design teams while a replacement for Robinson is sought.
Jennifer Giangualano, senior vice president of kids and baby design, will provide “leadership and direction” on adult design during a transition period.
Wallack said: “After spending the last three months in New York with the creative team, I’ve made the decision to make a change within our Gap Adult design team.”
Gap chairman and chief executive Glenn Murphy added: “Patrick has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for Gap brand and our customers over the last four years, and we’re grateful for his hard work, especially related to our 1969 denim.”
“Our leaders of the new Gap Global Creative Center are taking the necessary steps to compete and win around the world,” Muphy said.
Patrick joined Gap in 2007 having previously worked for the likes of Georgio Armani. Gap regularly wheeled him out for interviews with the press, and his laidback personality and quirky look made him almost a poster boy for the retailer.
His designs, while often praised by the media, have not managed to capture the imagination of shoppers though and Gap’s sales continue to be challenging.
Like-for-like sales for the first quarter at its international stores, which includes the UK, were down 6%. In Apri international comparable sales fell 1%.l