It should’ve been a big year for
Thomas announced his brand’s end in a lengthy and (intentionally) ambiguous letter uploaded in pieces to Gallery Dept.’s Instagram.
“From the beginning, Gallery Dept.’s focus has been making the best product, while easing the burden of resource consumption,” Thomas states. “Because each case is unique and deserves a unique solution, I am choosing to continue the practice of being an artist and withdraw myself from the fashion industry.
Or, as he said on his personal account,
Thomas is leaving behind a brand with a rabid fanbase of devotees, many of whom couldn’t believe that the brand was actually shuttering when Gallery Dept.
Turns out, he meant it.
Given that there’s still plenty of stock on
Fans, of course, are clamoring for a clearances sale. Gallery Dept.’s clothing was never “affordable,” per se, but that’s the point, according to Thomas.
“If the first thing you look at is the price, it’s going to alter your thinking about a piece,” he
Gallery Dept. presented an intentionally obfuscated facade to weed out core obsessives from casual observers, its garments priced more like artworks than wearables. No surprise that Thomas was close with the equally muted
Now, aficionados know better than to think that Thomas is on perma-vacation.
He’s already got a new venture —
And despite the implication that he’s removing himself entirely from the apparel industry by closing down Gallery Dept., it’s pretty likely that Thomas will eventually return to the realm of wearable finery in some form or another.