Sad, but not surprising, news today, given the current situation: Due to financial struggles brought on by the pandemic, designer Carly Cushnie is closing the brand she founded 12 years ago. Back then, the label was Cushnie et Ochs and it was helmed by Cushnie and her former partner, Michelle Ochs. In 2018, the duo parted ways, and Cushnie rebranded as a solo act, and in the years since, her feminine, yet empowering silhouettes attracted fans in the form of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.
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“Like any small business we had our challenges, but it was really the pandemic that grinded everything to a halt,” she said on a phone call. “There were seasons canceled and orders canceled and it was super, super tough.