J.Crew and Jenna Lyons Are Parting Ways

Gina Marinelli

Moments ago, The Business of Fashion announced a major shift at the helm of J.Crew. Jenna Lyons, the brand’s president and creative director, will leave her position and end her 26-year tenure.

For any fashion-obsessive, and many J.Crew devotees, Lyons was more than a business woman and designer during her time with the company. She’s become a fashion star in her own right, has helped the brand establish its aesthetic, and created a presence at New York Fashion Week over the past several years with J.Crew Collection. Now, it seems Lyons will start a new adventure.

“She’s got plans to do other things,” confirmed Mickey Drexler, J.Crew’s chief executive, to BoF, explaining that he and Lyons “agreed it was time for a change.”

And for anyone who’s ever been charmed by Lyon’s playful and subversive take on preppy, American style, it's exciting to see what her next step will be. In the meantime, she announced in a statement that "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...Having spent the better part of my life with J.Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company."

J.Crew's design director Somsack Sikhounmuong is prepped to fill her shoes when it comes to design, making the future for both Lyons and the brand a little uncertain but very, very promising. Scroll down to shop more from the iconic brand.

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