Creative director and president for J.Crew, Jenna Lyons, is leaving the company after 26 years of service. Current J.Crew women’s head of design, Somsack Sikhounmuong, who has been with the outfit since 2001, will be promoted to chief design officer, overseeing the women’s, men’s and children’s design teams effective immediately.
“Jenna and I got together and we both agreed it was time for a change,” J.Crew chief executive Millard “Mickey” Drexler disclosed when speaking with 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.”
Lyons in turn released a statement on her farewell, saying “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. I am excited about the next chapter for J.Crew as well as the opportunity for other creative leaders within the organization 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.”
In speaking on the promotion of Somsack Sikhounmuong, Drexler stated, “Somsack and our design teams have a deep understanding of the aesthetic and style our customers rely on us to deliver, with a proven track record of driving creative vision in-line with our brand DNA. We are excited to extend Somsack’s vision across all design categories and look forward to the team’s contributions. As always, delivering the very best product, value and brand experience across channels is our top priority.”
Lyons was initially hired by J.Crew back in 1990. In 2010, Drexler promoted her to president.
As for now, Lyons’s post J.Crew plans have yet to be disclosed.
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