Jenna Lyons is leaving J.Crew after serving the brand for 26 years, she confirmed in a press release today.
Lyons joined J.Crew in 1990 as an assistant menswear designer and worked her way up all the way to becoming president.
She started taking a bigger role in the company after Drexler joined as CEO in 2003 and together they completely transformed the brand’s image, turning it into a “cultural phenomenon”. She was credited with bringing a colourful, chic edge to the previously purely preppy brand, and this earned her a great reputation in the fashion industry.
Lyons has not yet commented on what she plans to do next, but according to to BoF, her exit is the first of a "series of strategic changes" for J.Crew, whose performance has been declining recently.
In light of her departure, Somsack Sikhounmuong, who's served as the brand's head womenswear designer since he moved from Madewell in 2015, will take over her design duties.
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