The designer – who showcased her latest collection at New York Fashion Week in February – used the Chapter 11 US Bankruptcy to file her case and although she will remain creative director of her brand, the majority of its 63 stores and 350 employees will lose their jobs. The company’s LLC chief financial officer, Jonathan Friedman, said: “The decision to seek protection under Chapter 11 comes after months of rigorously pursuing alternative restructuring arrangements to address Betsey Johnson LLC’s cash-flow problems.
After exhausting our resources and possibilities, it became apparent that neither a restructuring arrangement with a new equity investor nor a sale of the business enterprise as a going concern outside of bankruptcy was to be forthcoming. Accordingly, our board made the determination that a Chapter 11 store-closing process will likely be the best way to maximise the value of the company’s assets, for the benefit of its creditors.” Speaking of the decision, Betsey, 69, told WWD: “I feel so sad for my store people and all my pink girls. They live and die for me. But I need to be better. I really need to work well and be more efficient.” The label will now focus on
Betsey’s lower-priced line, but will still stage a catwalk show in September as planned.Content & Image – BangShowBiz