It's been widely reported that Derek Lam has left his position as creative director of Tod's — though it may come as a surprise to many that he worked there in the first place.
WWD reported Monday morning that Lam has ended his quiet relationship with Tod's, the Italian luxury goods house, after six years on the job. The story doesn't cite any source in particular, and Tod's had no comment when Fashionologie reached out for more information Monday.
But that's not surprising, considering Lam's employment at Tod's wasn't very highly publicized to begin with. He became the company's creative director in 2006, shortly after he was named a runner up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize in 2005. In September 2010, it was announced that Lam would renew his contract with Tod's for an additional two years. If he really is leaving the company, he'll have missed that mark by six months.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this story is the suggestion that Lam left Tod's to focus on his own collection. If that's true, he should be primed to do great things in the upcoming seasons; even with the stresses of creating shoes and accessories for Tod's, Lam was already designing his critically acclaimed main line, and he introduced a diffusion line — 10 Crosby — earlier this year.