Was Patrick Robinson fired from Armani Exchange?

The former Gap creative director may have been let go because of alleged design plagiarism

By Andrea Tim | Published: 25 Jun 2014

A/X director leaves
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After a little over a year at A/X Armani Exchange, Patrick Robinson has left Giorgio Armani's diffusion line. Representatives from the label claimed that the former creative director of Gap had been quietly let go a few weeks ago because his collection did not sell well.

However, other sources speculate that the American designer had been let go because of the torc bracelet, which he designed for Armani Exchange's men's collection. The bracelet, made from recycled bullets and handguns looks very much like designer jewellery company David Yurman's signature cuff bracelets. David Yurman then took legal action against Armani Exchange, insisting that the latter stops making the bracelets.

Patrick's torc bracelet was being sold for charity via Liberty United, with twenty percent of profits going to programmes that help reduce gun violence in America.

"Patrick Robinson left the brand amicably several weeks ago," an Armani Exchange rep revealed. "His departure and this alleged claim of the Yurman's sending us a cease-and-desist letter are entirely unrelated."


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