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Following this morning’s news that Raf Simons will leave his position at Jil Sander next Monday, it has been announced that the designer Jil Sander herself will step in to replace him. Sixty-eight year old Sander is happy to return to her eponymous brand, originally founded in 1968. NY Mag reports. “…after Prada Group acquired a 75 percent stake in the brand in 1999, resigned in 2000 after quarreling with Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli. She returned in 2003 and then quit again two years later, at which point Simons was appointed. Sander spent the past seven years relatively removed from the fashion scene, aside from her wildly popular collaborations with Uniqlo. In 2006, Prada sold its stake in Jil Sander to British private equity firm Change Capital Partners, so there’s no chance of lingering bad blood between Sander and Bertelli causing trouble now. Of course, the elephant in the room now is if — or really, when— Simons will go to Dior.”

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