Costume National co-founders Ennio and Carlo Capasa are exiting the company. The Italian brothers started the brand in 1986 and sold a stake to Sequedge in 2009. Ennio, who served as creative director of Costume National, initially honed his craft working for Yohji Yamamoto in Tokyo before founding his own label. Carlo served as CEO of Costume National and is currently CEO of the Italian Fashion Chamber.
“Today I will announce my resignation as a shareholder and creative director of Costume National,” said Ennio in a statement. “I was hoping this would not happen. I fought with passion. The emotions I feel at this time are complex and take me back across these 30 extraordinary years, at the remarkable encounters, at the many shows and at the amazing creative energy that the world of fashion gives us every day. From the beginning I only had one idea: to create a style, to continue to evolve it, and to not follow the trend of the moment. People say fashion is over, that marketing wins, and that everything is an illusion. Definitely not for me. I am, and will remain passionately committed to realizing my own personal vision.”