lanvin staff are protesting alber elbaz’s departure
After 14 years as creative director, Elbaz left on the decision of the company’s major stakeholder, Shaw-Lan Wang.
The 330 employees of French fashion house Lanvin are reportedly demanding a face-to-face meeting in Paris with the company's majority owner Shaw-Lan Wang, who lives in Taiwan, after her decision to remove creative director Alber Elbaz, who had been in the role for 14 successful years.
The Lanvin staff want Shaw-Lan Wang to "listen to their concerns, answer questions and reassure employees" according to a report from WWD. A representative of the employees council spoke on French radio station RTL, explaining that the staff have a message for Shaw-Lan Wang -- "Bring Elbaz back" -- and are prepared to go through the Paris commercial court to arbitrate their opposition to the management decision.
A statement from Elbaz earlier this week shows his affection and respect for the Lanvin team: "At this time of my departure from Lanvin on the decision of the company's majority shareholder, I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanied me, and who enriched and supported my work. Together we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and have returned it to its rightful position among France's absolute luxury fashion houses".
"I wish the house of Lanvin the future it deserves among the best French luxury brands, and hope that it finds the business vision it needs to engage in the right way forward," Elbaz concluded.
Designer names mooted to be possible successors to Elbaz include Simone Rocha, Huishan Zhang, Haider Ackermann, Olivier Rousteing and Joseph Altuzarra.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Mitchell Sams