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Band of Outsiders came back to life briefly for Black Friday this year when Filene's Basement discounted and sold some of the label's styles. However, that proved to be just a taste of what is yet to come as it's been announced that Band of Outsiders will return to retailers for spring 2017, WWD reports.
Scott Sternberg, the label's founder and former creative director, will not return with the label that is now owned by Belgian fashion fund CLCC. Band of Outsiders will once again produce women's and men's clothing. "We have recruited a collective of ambitious, highly skilled fashion designers as well as merchandisers, graphic designers and key support staff to launch Band of Outsiders for the spring 2017 season," CLCC's managing director Antony Verbaeys tells WWD. "It is our aim to have our collections present in the best international boutiques, but with a strong anchor in Los Angeles for which we are exploring opportunities." The collective will present its first effort to buyers in September 2016.
WWD also notes that while staffers from the previous iteration of BoO have been contacted, many have turned down offers in solidarity with Sternberg. Sternberg also made it clear he was not part of the reboot when contacted by WWD.
Earlier this year, CLCC acquired all of BoO's stock after the label was unable to make payments on its $2 million debt. The Belgian company attempted to sell all of BoO's remaining stock via auction, however, without any takers has apparently resorted to jumpstarting the label again.