>> Pringle of Scotland announced today that Alistair Carr, its design director of just over a year, will leave the company this Summer.
Pringle CEO Jean Fang told WWD that Carr's departure was a "mutual decision." After he leaves, Pringle's in-house design team will be responsible for designing the line. Carr will stay on for the next few months — he will present Pringle's Resort collection in New York on June 11 and then head to London for his Spring 2013 menswear show. Fang said Carr will also art direct the Fall 2012 ad campaign and that he's still working on the Pringle-sponsored Princess Grace: More Than an Image exhibit at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.
"I want to thank Alistair for all his great efforts and contributions at Pringle," Fang said. "We will miss him, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
While Carr's future endeavors are unknown, Pringle is definitely planning on scaling back. Fang said that future shows will follow a presentation format, rather than a full-fledged runway show. She also said that the next few stores the brand opens will be smaller on average than its current ones.
Carr joined Pringle last March when its former design director Claire Wright Keller left to be creative director of Chloe. Before starting at Pringle, Carr had been styling Nicolas Ghesquiere's shows at Balenciaga.