Patrick Robinson's Firing Leaves a Gap

Patrick Robinson's Firing Leaves a Gap

Getting let go may be the best thing to happen to him.

Published May 5, 2011

Another one bites the dust: Patrick Robinson was fired from his position of executive Vice President of Gap Global Design for Adult and Body.


It’s been a long time since I’ve personally wanted to “fall into the Gap.”  The design ideas are schizophrenic, sometimes attempting to compete with H&M on trendy designs; other times, featuring styles that are basic...and boring.


Yet I still know that Robinson didn’t have an easy job spearheading design for a global brand with millions of customers looking for something special but at a reasonable price. At the end of the day, you can’t please everyone, but that’s exactly what the Gap strives to do.


Perhaps being fired by Gap is good news for Patrick Robinson. He’s been fashion’s “rising star” for a long time, much like Marc Jacobs before Vuitton and his namesake lines. It was Jacobs firing from Perry Ellis that led him to the success he has today. I hope that the über-talented Robinson will follow Jacobs’ lead and create his own line that embodies his casual chic aesthetic—we need that much more than we need another pair of jeans.

(Photo:  Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Written by Bevy Smith


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