Band of Outsiders Said to be Closing Doors
By Kenneth Richard | The Impressionist
Apparently keeping a band together in fashion is just as difficult as in the music scene, as reports from multiple sources are saying that American clothing brand Band of Outsiders is currently in the process of shuttering the business, cancelling fall orders and laying off the majority of its staff.
Founded in 2004 by designer Scott Sternberg, Band of Outsiders gained a strong-following for its contemporary men’s and women’s preppy aesthetic, which was modelled by celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst, Aziz Ansari and Andrew Garfield in its Polaroid lookbooks. In 2008 the label launched women’s, which until recently was shown via the runway during New York Fashion Week. The house’s off-beat menswear collection attracted buyers from Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, and in 2009 Sternberg was awarded the CFDA Best Menswear Designer award.
The brand currently retails in 30 countries and in 2013, with revenues of over $12 million, the house took outside investment and opened a store in Tokyo as well as another on Wooster Street in New York City.
Request for comments had not been returned by press time so it is unclear if Sternberg is preparing to strike out as a solo artist or take a sabbatical to refresh before getting the band back together.