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Ennio Capasa and Carlo Capasa exit Costume National

The founders have helmed the fashion label for 30 years

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 16 Mar 2016

Capasa brothers exit
Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc/TPG Images

Costume National said farewell to founding brothers Ennio Capasa and Carlo Capasa, who held the roles of creative director and CEO respectively, after their 30-year tenure at the fashion house. WWD reports that the brothers have sold the company to Japanese-Chinese investment bank Sequedge.

"I was hoping this would not happen. I fought with passion. The emotions I feel at this time are complex and take me back across these 30 extraordinary years, at the remarkable encounters, at the many shows and at the amazing creative energy that the world of fashion gives us every day," said Ennio, who previously worked with Yohji Yamamoto in Toyko prior to co-founding Costume National with his brother in 1986.

"From the beginning I only had one idea: to create a style, to continue to evolve it, and to not follow the trend of the moment," Ennio continued. "People say fashion is over, that marketing wins and that everything is an illusion. Definitely not for me. I am, and will remain passionately committed to realising my own personal vision."


If Costume National's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection was anything to go by, you can expect great things from Ennio. 

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