by MR Magazine Staff
Roberto Cavalli Paul Surridge
Paul Surridge

On Monday morning, designer Paul Surridge confirmed he was leaving his role as creative director of the Roberto Cavalli brand through an Instagram post on his account.

“I have given much consideration to this decision and reached the conclusion that the mission I have signed on has changed and enters a new direction with a new perspective,” Surridge wrote on Instagram.

“I now wish to focus on other projects that I put aside in order to achieve our common goals with Roberto Cavalli Group,” he continued. “It has been an honor to work for this historic Florentine company with a unique heritage. I want to thank everyone who has made this journey possible, the internal teams and especially Gian Giacomo Ferraris who has given me outstanding support and will remain a mentor.”

The designer joined the brand in 2017 and his first collection bowed for spring 2018. He succeeded Peter Dundas, who exited the company in October 2016.

Born in England, and a graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins, Surridge was previously creative consultant at Acne Studios, with responsibility for coordination of the menswear collections. Before that, he was creative director of Z Zegna from 2011 to 2014. Earlier, Surridge was design director of menswear at Jil Sander, reporting to then-creative director Raf Simons.