JENNA LYONS IS LEAVING J.CREW AFTER 26 YEARS

“It was time for a change.” By Grace O’Neill

Jenna Lyons is departing J.Crew after 26 years with the brand, according to reports from Business of Fashion. “Jenna and I got together and we both agreed it was time for a change,” J.Crew chief executive Millard “Mickey” Drexler told BoF. “That being said, she’s got plans to do other things. It’s been a great run. There’s a lot of mutual respect between Jenna and me.”

Lyons, who served as the brand’s president, also released a statement. “It has been beyond my wildest dreams to work with such an amazing team of people at such an incredible brand and alongside Mickey — one of retail’s most talented visionaries,” she said. “Having spent the better part of my life with J.Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company.”

Lyons, whose name is synonymous with J.Crew‘s brand of affordable, preppy basics, began at the label when she was 21 as an assistant designer in menswear. In 2008 she was appointed executive creative director, then president two years later in 2010.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR Australia.

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