After being ousted in 2011 as the president of design at Gap after a another year of slumping sales, Patrick Robinson has just been appointed as the new creative director of Armani Exchange.
Patrick Robinson was at Gap from 2007-2011, where he held the position of president of design for Gap Adult and GapBody. During his time at the American brand, he managed to create more fashion-forward image for the company… (so they say… same old grey, beige and blue clothes if you ask me).
Before that Robinson was artistic director for Paco Rabanne from 2005-2007. He has also worked for Perry Ellis and Anne Klein and was head designer at Armani Collezione between 1990-1994. Since leaving Gap in 2011, the designer recently launched a casual clothing line named Paskho.
when asked why he decided to start his own line Robinson said; “After leaving my job at the GAP two years ago, my son and I were walking down the street talking about what he wanted to be when he grew up. At a corner we stopped to let a taxi pass in front of us. My son suddenly turned to me and asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.”
“I laughed at first, but after a few weeks, I realized my son had planted a seed that made me question what the hell I had been doing with my life. Somewhere between Giorgio Armani and the GAP, I had stopped designing clothes and had instead become the guy who manages the people who design the clothes.”
“What do I want to do when I grow up? What I’ve always wanted to do; I love to design clothing. Simple, beautiful, comfortable clothing that people can afford. It was this desire that led to my new endeavour: PASKHO – ancient Greek for passion. PASKHO is my passion.”
Well I say Mr Robinson 😉