After ten years together, the two design minds behind luxe label Lutz & Patmos have decided to part ways. The duo, Marcia Pamos and Tina Lutz, launched their label in 2000 after meeting at Barneys New York, where they designed its private label Basco sportswear. They developed sophisticated cashmere knitwear geared toward design-minded, well-traveled working women much like themselves. They prided themselves on tuning in to the needs of their clientele. Before even creating their first collection, they checked out 15 yarn mills, persuaded 200 people to complete questionnaires and scouted hundreds of stores in the U.S. and abroad. They then used that research to create what they called, 'the movie', a highly detailed composite of the customer base they envisioned, which set the tone for their next decade of design.
The two women claim personal reasons more than financial for their decision to split, each seeming eager to explore new ventures. Marcia Patmos plans to unveil a designer label, M. Patmos, for pre-spring. She will also oversee the creative direction of Leroy & Perry, the contemporary sportswear collection she and Lutz introduced in 2008. Lutz, who previously worked in design at Issey Miyake, A.P.C. and Calvin Klein, will continue to work in design and brand consulting.
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During Lutz & Patmos' ten year run, the two heads collaborated with many guest designers for charity, including Carine Roitfeld, Jane Birkin, Fabien Baron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Christy Turlington and Natalia Vodianova. Their environmentally-conscious designs have also been featured in featured in such museums as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Royal Museum of Scotland. “There has been so much collaboration and innovation, not to mention that we have been fortunate enough to have weathered some extreme economic cycles. I am excited to build on the foundation of what I’ve learned as I move forward with my own label, and I wish Tina utmost happiness on her next path,” Patmos said.
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