Marc O’Polo International GmbH gives up its younger fashion label Campus: From spring/summer 2016 onwards, the line will run under the name Marc O’Polo Denim. Campus’ CEO Torsten Widarzik and head designer Ali Ansari have been dismissed with immediate effect.

In a corporate statement, Marc O’Polo declared that “the background of this strategic decision is the expansion of existing potential in the denim area” and the “utilization of the Marc O’Polo brand strength”. The former Campus line shall become closer to the core brand, design and production will once again take place in close cooperation with Marc O’Polo’s Casual department.
The current fall/winter 2015 collection will be normally delivered under the guidance of Alexander Gehle, head of sales at Campus. No notion on the future of Campus’ five own stores has been given.

Ali Ansari
Ali Ansari
Campus gained its (partial) independence in 2012 by becoming a PLC (GmbH) with own design, distribution and marketing. Torsten Widarzik joined Campus in October in 2013, designer Ansari followed in July 2014. Together, it was their goal to create a brand, clearly distinguishable from the Marc O’Polo collection, claiming to be “two young rebels, off their leash in the fashion world” as they stated during a recent presentation - a direction that obviously did not meet their parent company’s expectations.