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Jenna Lyons is leaving J. Crew

She will exit the company this December after working there for 26 years

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 4 Apr 2017

Jenna leaves J. Crew
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Fashion designer Jenna Lyons is leaving her position as president and creative director of American label J. Crew. She is parting ways with the company after 26 years. She first joined the label in 1990 as a menswear assistant designer and worked her way to the top.

"Jenna and I got together and we both agreed it was time for a change," J.Crew chief executive Millard "Mickey" Drexler told Business of Fashion. "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."

"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," Lyons said in a statement. "I am excited about the next chapter for J. Crew as well as the opportunity for other creative leaders within the organisation to step up and take on new responsibilities. Having spent the better part of my life with J. Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company."

Lyons won't be leaving the company just yet; she will stay on as creative advisor until the end of her contract, which ends in December. In the meantime, J. Crew's current women's head of design Somsack Sikhounmuong (previously from Madewell) will be promoted to chief design officer and will take over part of Lyons' duties in overseeing the women's, men's, and children's design teams effective immediately.

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