In one fell swoop, Bill Blass has canceled their New York Fashion Week show and fired designer Jeffrey Monteiro and the rest of the women’s design staff.
According to a report by Women’s Wear Daily, Scott Patti, President of the Bill Blass Group, told Monteiro that next month’s show had been canceled and the women’s collection would not be going forward.
“Patti later handed out pink slips one by one and told employees they were ‘free to go.’ There was no explanation or mention of severance packages,” an ex-staffer alleged.
For those keeping score, Monteiro is the fifth women’s designer to depart from the company since 1999. Over the past several years, the label has struggled to maintain relevancy among lovers of high-end women’s wear.