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COMUNE Killed by Hostile Takeover

17 June 2011, 16.27 | Posted in apparel, business, WTF | 5 comments »

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In some major bummer news, we’ve learned that there’s been a full departure of staff at COMUNE following a takeover of the brand by an investor. We don’t know the entire story yet but from the sounds of it a corporate business model has once again killed a creative entity. Sucks, because we really liked the brand. Read the list of departing staff after the jump.

Frank Delgadillo (Founder and President)
Mike Quinones (Creative Director)
Mark Logan (Brand Manager)
Julie Shumaker (VP of Marketing)
Matt Davis (VP of Sales)
Clifford Lidell (Graphic Designer)
Kerri Banach (Designer)
Billy Garner (Marketing Coordinator)
Sean Ciminesi (West Coast sales)
Cory Heenan (East Coast sales)


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5 comments
  1. Wow, another one bites the dust. So sad to hear this stuff, the big guys gobbling up the spirit and essence of what the brands are founded on. I was a fan of the aesthetic that Comune brought. Best of luck to the next endeavor.

  2. [...] RadCollector is reporting that just three years after its inception, the COMUNE we’ve come to almost understand and love is no longer. In a letter from the desk of (former) COMUNE VP of Marketing Julie Shumaker, new management has come in and taken the brand in a different direction and 10 of the core have left the building. Unfortunately, the vision and story we have been telling for the last three years was literally taken from us overnight when an investor came in and did a hostel takeover of our brand in which contributors were asked to be fired, employees were fired and the distribution model was going to change. [...]

  3. Wow….bummed. Those dudes had some major momentum building.

  4. Shame:

    What a shame. At least the guys that left did so with their heads high and principles still in place.

  5. jesus:

    THIS ARTICLE IS BULLSHIT!
    EVERYONE IN THE INDUSTRY KNOWS FRANK DELGADILLO AND CHAPTER IS A FRAUD! JUST ASK JIM STARK @ AMBIGUOUS!
    I’M SURPRISED FRANK CAN GET ANY INVESTOR TO GIVE HIM A NICKEL!
    ((((RRREEEETTTARRRRRDDDEEEEDDDDD)))))

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