Clare Waight Keller, who has been Pringle of Scotland's creative director since 2005, announced that she has resigned from her position today. "To a certain extent, this move is for personal reasons,” she said. "It’s a sad moment — but the perfect time to close my era at Pringle. I leave incredibly proud of Pringle’s growth from a Scottish knitwear company to an international luxury brand." She didn't elaborate on her reasons for leaving, nor did she name any upcoming projects. She is also pregnant with her third child, due in May. Prior to her job at Pringle, she was a senior womenswear designer at Gucci, under Tom Ford.
Keller has been credited with helping to modernize Pringle's image through collaborations with artists like David Shrigley and Richard Wright as well as Tilda Swinton. Swinton is still the brand's face and has been confirmed for their fall campaign.
Keller's departure comes just a month after Jean Fang replaced Mary-Adair Macaire as the company's new CEO (both Fang and Macaire are members of the Fang family, which has owned Pringle since 2000). Douglas Fang, also part of the family, said that Keller "will be greatly missed" and that they are already searching for her replacement. In other news, they're still planning to relaunch their golf line this year! So there's no need to panic about a shortage of argyle sweaters in duty-free shops anytime soon.