Former En Noir designer (and founder) Rob Garcia recently sat down with GQ to outline his decision to leave the brand who so visibly kickstarted the leather sweatpants craze. While Garcia is working on his own eponymous label in Paris, En Noir’s relevance in 2015 is looking shaky at best – in no doubt due to the now played-out leather sweatpants of which they were so inextricably connected to. Check out an excerpt below and head over to GQ for the full piece.

“What we were doing at En noir wasn’t brand new, but new enough to the point where people gravitated towards it, and you saw it everywhere. It exploded, and it kind of took the wind out of my sails. What’s funny is, by the time En Noir came out, that’s where my mind was two years prior. I don’t want to do something where my brain and passion was two years ago. Your whole being isn’t in it like it once was, and you need to to find the next thing that stirs you. Once you’ve found success, it’s like, “I want to do more. What’s next?” To progress, I needed a new canvas.”

For more from En Noir take a look at their Spring/Summer 2015 runway show.

Words by Alec Leach
Digital Fashion Editor

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin, where he leads Highsnobiety's digital fashion content.

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