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Jonathan Saunders is planning to close his eponymous luxury fashion label, it emerged this morning. The news was revealed in a joint announcement from the designer and Eiesha Bharti Pasricha, his business partner and investor. 
Saunders revealed that company is to be shut down once the Spring /Summer 2016 orders have been completed, but didn’t disclose the exact motives for this decision, only citing it as a consequence of “personal reasons”.
The news comes somewhat unexpectedly, as 2015 had been a particularly momentous year for the label. Seemingly set for growth, the designer had secured investment from Eiesha Bharti Pasricha at the beginning of the year and then appointed his first CEO, Rupert Maunsell, in July.  

In a statement Saunders said: "It is not a decision that I take lightly and I am eternally grateful to my team for all their hard work and dedication. Eiesha has not only been a fantastic partner over the last year but an incredible support and we remain close.”
Originally hailing from Glasgow (where he also studied at the renowned School of Art), Saunders set up his label in 2003. His talent had been recognized in a number of awards and he was declared the recipient of the British Fashion Council / Vogue Fashion Fund in 2012. Designing both menswear and womenswear collections, as well as eyewear, he has since come to be regarded as one of the key designers of the London fashion scene, known for his use of colour and print.
The end of Jonathan Saunders’s eponymous label can only be regarded as a great loss to the UK’s luxury fashion industry.