Designer Devi Kroell Leaves Her Own Label

After founding a company that bears her name and spending six years developing the brand, Devi Kroell is leaving … sort of. Devi will no longer be CEO but she’ll be involved as a shareholder and member of the board of directors, so we can assume the breakup is an amicable decision between the designer and company. But still, it’s a surprising move given her popularity with the fashion crowd. Since the brand launched, she not only gained the approval of editors with her fashion-forward, exotic skinned bags but also won the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Accessory Design at the 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards. While we wonder what’s next on the career path for Devi, here’s a look at a few other designers who’ve left their own namesake companies. Devi’s hardly the first designer to leave their eponymous brand and watch it continue without them. After all, Cynthia Steffe, Jil Sander, Kate Spade, Valentino, Martin Margiela, Lilly Pulitzer, and Hervé L. Leroux, stepped away from the brands they created during their lifetime, and watched from the sidelines as the company continued on. Not so weird anymore, right? [WWD]