Social media and fashion circles were buzzing Sunday after Brandon Gregoire, director of finance and operations at David Peck, announced on his Facebook page that "we will be closing our doors and I will be moving to something new."
While the David Peck USA website is on longer operational and Peck's Montrose studio is temporarily shuttered for maintenance, the designer says that the business is in a transition period and he will announce "exciting new plans" next month.
"I'm making a lot of changes that I will be very excited to announce as soon as I can. In the meantime everything is on hold," Peck tells CultureMap. "I'm definitely not going away, I can tell you that."
(UPDATE 10/05: CultureMap has learned that Peck filed for bankruptcy on September 26. His business has more than $1.7 million in debts and $97,000 in assets, according to court documents. Peck said that he can't comment on the bankruptcy for legal reasons. "But nothing that I said (for this article) has changed," he said.)
Peck, who was named to the Houston Press List of 100 Creatives in 2012, has been a tireless advocate for the city's fledgling fashion scene since moving to the Bayou City in 2010. He has appeared at fashion week activities in Houston and other cities, designs for several of the city's leading social figures and created the uniforms for employees at the JW Marriott Houston Dowtown Hotel, which opened last year.
He also turned a 6,000-square-foot former antiques emporium into an impressive manufacturing headquarters and showroom, which he moved into last year.
Peck said he has communicated with his customers and will fulfill all current obligations. "We are not leaving anyone high and dry," he says. "I'm not trying to hide from anyone. I'm still working hard and working on what's next. I want to announce my plans when I am ready, not when a lot of people think I should. I'm really excited about the future."
"Like any business you go through crossroads. In order to take it to the next level, I have to make changes. I can say with 100 percent certainty that I'm not leaving Houston. Houston is home. I feel really strongly about the power of Houston and what the city can achieve."