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Artistic director of women's wear leaving Hermes

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm •  Published: July 21, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Christophe Lemaire, the artistic director of Hermes women's ready-to-wear line, is parting ways with the luxury house after four years.

Lemaire will take his final bow on Oct. 1 at the presentation of the Spring-Summer 2015 collection, Hermes said Monday in its announcement.

There was no word about who would replace the designer, whose clothes convey the kind of relaxed, understated luxury befitting the image of the stately Hermes, which got its start in the 19th century as a saddle-maker.

In the statement, Lemaire said he was leaving to tend to his own label.

"My own label is growing in an important way, and now I really want and need to dedicate myself to it fully," the statement quoted the designer as saying.

Lemaire, who joined Hermes in June 2010, called his collaboration with Hermes a "profoundly enriching experience," adding that "I am proud of what we have built together."

Hermes CEO Axel Dumas was more straight-forward in his praise of the partnership.

"Under his (Lemaire's) artistic direction, the metier has renewed its aesthetic and produced satisfactory financial results," Dumas said.

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