Fashion label Mossimo Inc has allegedly axed four of its clothing design staff, according to an unnamed source.

The staff, part of the team in charge of designing men's, women's and children's clothing lines for Canadian retailer Zellers, will continue to work until the end of the year, the source said.

Whether the decision will affect Mossimo's March 2003 agreement with Zellers, through which the label designs apparel for the Canadian market that is exclusively sold by the retailer, is unclear.

Zellers, a unit of Toronto-based company Hud's Bay Co, currently stocks Mossimo Red Label denim and sportswear lines and Mossimo Black Label, an office apparel brand.