Ed Hardy, Von Dutch Designer Christian Audigier Passes at 57


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Fashion designer Christian Audigier didn’t spend his 57 years slaving away for one brand. He built both Ed Hardy and Von Dutch into labels that were worn by such celebrities as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Ashton Kutcher and whose trucker hats were worn by hipsters everywhere. Before that, though, he worked on such labels as Guess, Levi’s, Diesel, American Outfitters, XOXO and Bisou Bisou.

Audigier died Thursday after going into a coma earlier this week, according to LATF USA. The actual cause of death isn’t known but the designer had not been at full health for some months. In January, Audigier let it be known that he had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, a bone disease that can become cancer. The man known as “La Vif” (the fast one) had been under treatment for the disease since April, Gawker notes.

Audigier had been a controversial designer since his lines from Ed Hardy and Von Dutch weren’t always made with a high-end crowd in mind. His Hardy designs were initially inspired by tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy. Whatever the case may be, Audigier lived well if, sadly, not long, and reportedly was worth around $250 million at the time of his death, TMZ reports.