Christopher Suarez departs Nicholas Kirkwood
Christopher Suarez has left Nicholas Kirkwood after 10 years.
Christopher co-founded the shoe company alongside its namesake designer and also acted as its CEO. He has decided to step away from the label to concentrate on new projects, with his last day on 30 October (15).
"I can’t thank Christopher enough for the unequivocal support, energy and passion he invested over the last 10 years," Nicholas said in a statement to Footwear News. "It has been an incredible journey. I wish him all the success he deserves for his future endeavours."
The shoe brand has flourished after it agreed terms to be acquired by LVMH Fashion Group in September 2013. Part of that deal was a two-year plan of growth, and included in this was Christopher's exit.
"My time at Nicholas Kirkwood has been an incredible experience and an unforgettable stage in my life,” Christopher added. “I am grateful to Nicholas for his commitment to the brand and to me personally throughout the years. I couldn’t be more supportive of Nicholas and the team and for the exciting times ahead."
A new CEO will be hired in due course.
Christopher and Nicholas began working together in 2005, after Christopher discovered the designer presenting at a trade show called Première Classe in Paris. While Nicholas concentrated on creating shoes, Christopher worked towards bringing the footwear to stores and launching e-commerce.
The two are very close, with the designer using an interview last year (14) to show his appreciation for his business partner. He explained it was Christopher's support which allowed him to boost his brand, but before that he relied on something else for help.
"Umm, Jack - my friend Jack Daniel's," he laughed to Britain's InStyle magazine. "No, I guess it was Christopher Suarez, who I met on my second session. I'd found an Italian factory by then, but he started working with me like an agent and ended up living on my sofa for a year in Paris. He was a great balancer."