Richard Nicoll, the London-born fashion designer known for his namesake line that shuttered in 2014, died of a heart attack at 39 today in Sydney, Australia. In addition to his eponymous label, Nicoll designed capsule collections for brands like Topshop and Fred Perry and has freelanced for Marc Jacobs as well as Louis Vuitton. The designer was creative director at Cerruti from 2009 to 2011, and at Jack Wills he took on the same role from February 2014 to October 2015. Nicoll, who was a finalist of the British Fashion Council Vogue Fashion Fund two times, was slated to take on the role as creative director at Adidas in January.
According to The New York Times, a statement was released by the designer’s family: “Richard was one of the quiet stars of fashion. He was a true gentleman, a wonderful friend and a much loved son. Anyone that had the privilege of knowing him knew that he had a heart of gold, an innate kindness and a modesty and humility that sometimes didn’t allow him to acknowledge his own exceptional creative talent. He loved his life in Australia. He had recently confirmed a new role at Adidas and a collaboration with Woolmark, both of which he was excited about. We will miss his handsome face, his sense of humor and his love.”