According to WWD, designer Tia Cibani, who is credited for the creation of Ports 1961, is stepping down from her role as creative director at the end of this month. More interesting is who will replace her. Her own sister, Fiona Cibani.
Tia Cibani joined the Canadian label in 1990, working with DSquared’s Dean and Dan Caten, who were heading the design team then. In 1993, Tia moved to Xiamen, China, to oversee the development of the brand there, and returned in 2003 to head the North American launch of the Ports 1961 label.
Over the past five years, she designed the label, which was inspired by her travels to far-flung destinations, and also opened retail concept stores with flagships in New York, Los Angeles and London.
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The Ports International brand, which originated in Canada in 1961, was purchased by Chinese entrepreneur Alfred Chan, Fiona Cibani’s husband, in the early 90's
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