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Patrick Robinson, the head designer who was let go from Gap for his "uninspiring" designs, was recently hired and the very quietly fired from Armani Exchange. According to anonymous sources, the designer may have been cut loose thanks to an A|X copycat design scandal.
Apparently, jewelry company David Yurman was not happy to see an Armani Exchange "torc" bracelet on the market that looked a little too similar to Yurman's popular Cable Classics cuff bracelets. An anonymous source told Page Six, "Steady declining sales were the main reason for his exit, but this issue was the smoking gun." However, A|X denied that the bracelet incident was the tipping point for Robinson's departure.
Patrick Robinson's Torc bracelet design for Armani Exchange ($98)
David Yurman's Cable Classics bracelet in gold ($2,800)
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