About a year ago exactly, we had broke news that L.A.M.B. had moved on from Schifter + Partners (whom helped launch the line back in 2003) to signing a new deal with Artisan House, which planned to move the label into a more “mature” line. Well, Women’s Wear Daily is reporting today that L.A.M.B. just just severed ties with Artisan House and has now signed a licensing deal with Titan Industries. A spokesperson for Gwen confirms that the split was “amicable” and that the move was largely due to declining sales (and if we can put in our two cents, that might have to due with the lack of presence at Fashion Week the last couple seasons and not being to able to find the line in stores, but what do we know).
Gwen still continues to work with Fab Starpoint on both her Harajuku Lovers and Mini lines.
We always wish Gwen and her teams the best with the lines, which we still continue to adore after all these years. It’s looking like L.A.M.B. won’t be showing at Fashion Week again but Titan Industries have confirmed new shoes and handbags will be coming later this year.
WWD — According to sources, Artisan House, the upscale spin-off of Russoâ€™s lucrative childrenâ€™s accessories company Fab Starpoint, has not only lost Gwen Stefaniâ€™s L.A.M.B. license, but is also losing employees in various departments, including public relations, marketing, sales, graphics and design. The latest, and perhaps biggest, departure is Dana Foley, cofounder of Foley + Corinna, the quirky lifestyle handbag and apparel brand Russo purchased two years ago.
Although Carlos Falchi had left Artisan for a licensing deal with LF USA in 2011, Russo had Charlotte Ronson and L.A.M.B. signed to multiyear deals. Russo, who previously owned Isabelle Fiore, also bought Danielle Nicole and Foley + Corinna and launched Narr, an upscale exotics bag line.
But last year L.A.M.B. left after sales slumped, and Russo pulled the plug on Narr within three months of its creation due in part to high costs, according to people familiar with the situation.
â€œA high-end collection doesnâ€™t take off in one season,â€ a source said, referring to the quick closure of Narr. â€œIt takes time to nurture and grow.â€
A Gwen Stefani spokeswoman confirmed that L.A.M.B. is no longer with Artisan, but noted that the split was â€œamicable.â€ While the brand signed a licensing deal with Titan Industries, Stefani continues to produce her Harajuku Lovers and Harajuku Mini collections with Russoâ€™s Fab.