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Godfrey Deeny
April 17th, 2009 @ 00:57 AM - Paris

C.P. Company has appointed Wallace Faulds, an alumnus of the house of John Galliano, to be its new head designer.

The move marks a change of gears for Faulds, who succeeds Alessandro Pungetti. The latest Galliano men’s runway show in Paris featured a gallery of debauched lawyers, dreadlocked pirates, Restoration rascals and a naughty quintet of Midsummer Night’s Pucks with chest hair and six-pack abs painted onto their torsos. Originally founded in 1974 as Chester Perry, C.P. Company, as it became known five years later, is famed for its ability to meld fresh fashion ideas with traditional men’s clothing.

“This is going to be an adventure as much as a challenge. I feel very excited and positive about the future,” Faulds said in a release. A native of Scotland, 30-year-old Faulds was head designer of John Galliano’s men’s line from 2005 to February 2009.

“I met Wallace when he graduated, and followed his work ever since. I decided to entrust him with the stylistic direction of C.P. Company because of his love and talent for interpreting product and his passion for materials and colours,” said Carlo Rivetti, president of Sportswear Company, C.P. Company’s parent holding.

A highly experienced designer, Faulds has a cum laude degree from Kingston University School of Fashion in London, and worked for Burberry and at Studio Griffin in the UK before joining Galliano. Famously discreet and reserved, Faulds was known to enjoy the highest confidence of Galliano.

In 1989, Sportswear Company, a unit now controlled by Cristina Rivetti and her brother Carlo, acquired C.P. Company. Sportswear Company’s other labels include Boneville and Stone Island.

“You need only to look to the past to see what wonderful achievements C.P. Company has made within modern menswear. To consider how to evolve becomes a world with great possibility and potential, and so by being given this task, I feel very honored,” added Faulds.

Rivetti praised Faulds for combining "great skills with an eagerness to experiment and a deep knowledge and respect for the C.P. Company world. He gained a significant experience as head designer of the menswear line of an important 'maison,' where he showed his ability to translate the visions of one of the biggest mentors of today's fashion scene into great garments."

The C.P. Company president said that Faulds would implement radical new changes, but always based on a concept of “strengthening of archetypes.”

Faulds will be based in Milan, but will frequently visit Ravarino, the city in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, where C.P. Company is based. He will stage his first runway collection this June with a spring 2010 collection in Milan for C.P. Company, a label that presented men’s wear in Milan for the first time in January 2008.

“Wallace will contribute with his fresh and international vision to the natural evolution of the brand into the future. His appointment is a logical response to the needs of today’s world, with total respect for our long-lasting ideals,” said Rivetti.

C.P. Company, which retails in Barneys New York and high-end independent boutiques throughout North America, posted 2008 sales of 62 million euros, or $81 million.

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