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A high-end Milanese fashion label is going through major change, it emerged this week. In a surprise move, Ennio and Carlo Capasa have announced that they are both stepping down from their roles at the head of Costume National. The two brothers were the founders of the fashion label and held the respective titles of creative director and chief executive.
 
Before co-founding Costume National, Ennio Capasa had worked for Yohji Yamamoto in Tokyo for two years. In 1986 he then joined forces with his brother to create Costume National, which became known for its sleek, modern tailoring. Thirty years later, the brand now consists of the main womenswear line Costume National, the menswear line Costume National Homme and the secondary streetwear line C’N’C. As well as being involved with his own label, Carlo Capasa was appointed as the president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in April 2015.
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The Capasa’s departure from the label they founded was a consequence of being being bought out by Sequedge, a Japanese investment firm that invested in Costume National in 2009. In a statement released yesterday, Ennio Capasa announced the news saying: "Today I will announce my resignation as a shareholder and creative director of Costume National. I was hoping this would not happen. I fought with passion. The emotions I feel at this time are complex and take me back across these 30 extraordinary years, at the remarkable encounters, at the many shows and at the amazing creative energy that the world of fashion gives us everyday."
 
The brothers’ exit from the company is immediate. Whilst the Capasas have yet to announce what the future holds for them now, it also remains to be seen who Sequedge will recruit to replace them at the head of the luxury fashion house.