Dan Buckley. Photo: Katherine Lowe
Kiwi streetwear label Huffer announced today that co-founder Dan Buckley has left the company after 14 years as creative director. In his role, Buckley oversaw a five-strong design team, who, in his words, "Made me almost redundant". He will not be replaced. According to Huffer's now singular director Steve Dunstan, Buckley's departure was on good terms, and presents positive opportunities for the company. "Although Dan will be sadly missed, I am looking forward to a simpler management structure. Dan remains a shareholder and has the company's best interests at heart and wouldn't have made this move unless he was confident that our team could continue the next chapter." That team includes former Lonely Hearts designer Aimee McFarlane, whose first womenswear collection – in my opinion, Huffer's best yet – will arrive in store later this month.
Dunstan reminisced on his 14 year business relationship with Buckley, and their early beginnings as two young dudes – a retailer and a fashion design student – obsessed with skating and snowboarding. He also took the opportunity to wax lyrical on Buckley's recent wedding. "It was amazing. Really moving. Dan absolutely nailed it. His speech was so fricken good!"
The pair made no comment on Buckley's future employment plans, other than to say that he would be exploring new challenges. Dunstan's full attention, however, was on work. "There's a big job ahead! Bring on the rest of 2011! Bam!"
Best of luck to Dan Buckley in his future endeavours, and to Steve Dunstan in his new role as sole director of Huffer.
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