Can March­esa brand sur­vive scan­dal?

De­signer an­nounces she will leave We­in­stein

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De­sign­ers Ge­orgina Chap­man and Keren Craig are two fash­ion swans wor­thy of the red car­pet gowns they cre­ate for A-list stars. So how will their dra­matic lux­ury brand March­esa fare in the on­slaught of sex­ual abuse claims against Chap­man’s dis­graced hus­band, Har­vey We­in­stein?

Chap­man took what some be­lieved was her only brand­sav­ing leap Tues­day as al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein mounted, break­ing her si­lence when she told Peo­ple she was leav­ing the film mogul she mar­ried in 2007.

The di­vorce rev­e­la­tion, fol­low­ing We­in­stein’s re­marks last week that she was stand­ing by her man, came as some on so­cial me­dia called for a March­esa boycott.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suf­fered tremen­dous pain be­cause of th­ese un­for­giv­able ac­tions. I have cho­sen to leave my hus­band. Car­ing for my young chil­dren is my first pri­or­ity and I ask the me­dia for pri­vacy at this time,” Chap­man said in her state­ment.

March­esa did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment Tues­day.

As fash­ion fairy­tales go, this one is a clas­sic — for Chap­man and We­in­stein, to be sure, but also for Chap­man and Craig. The pair have been best friends since they met as teens in a life draw­ing class nearly a quar­ter cen­tury ago at the Chelsea Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Lon­don, Elle mag­a­zine wrote in 2011.

In 2003, Chap­man was spot­ted at a party in one of her own de­signs by the late fash­ion mag­a­zine ed­i­tor and muse Is­abella Blow, who urged her to fo­cus on the art of evening dress­ing.

Chap­man and Craig founded March­esa in 2004, the year Chap­man met We­in­stein at a party in New York City.

Though they didn’t date at first, the blog Jezebel noted Chap­man’s com­ing out on the arm of We­in­stein at the 2005 Golden Globe Awards. March­esa had al­ready dressed Re­nee Zell­weger for the U.K. pre­miere of Brid­get Jones: The Edge of Rea­son in 2004 and Cate Blanchett at the pre­miere of The Avi­a­tor, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by We­in­stein.

We­in­stein and Chap­man have two chil­dren, ages seven and four.

The AssoCiATed Press

March­esa de­sign­ers Keren Craig, left, and Ge­orgina Chap­man at their new col­lec­tion un­veil­ing last week.

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