In April this year The Apparel Group announced that the label was for sale following a “strategic review” of its brands.
In August 2015, Podgornik launched a new ethical fashion label called KITX.
"I knew I was never ready to stop creating. I knew that I wanted something good to come out of the process," Podgornik told marie claire in April.
"One thing I did in that year off was that I reflected on [WILLOW]," she added. "I was always looking ahead. Being forced to step back I saw the enormity of what I had done, building a brand. I felt proud of myself. It was the first positive thing that came out of [leaving WILLOW]."