Declining retail sales have been at the forefront of many shocking results in retail as of late. The most recent comes from J. Crew, who have announced the exit of president and executive creative director, Jenna Lyons.
“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 organisation to step up and take on new responsibilities,” Lyons said in a recent statement. “Having spent the better part of my life with J.Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company.”
“She has made many significant contributions to J.Crew,” stated Millard Drexler in response to the brand’s decision. He added that she will not be replaced and that “We have taken important steps to improve our performance and are confident that the team in place will continue these efforts.”
Additionally, Somsack Sikhounmuong, formerly the women’s head of design for the company, will be promoted to chief design officer. She will oversee the men’s, women’s and children’s design team effective immediately, though Lyons is still expected to remain with J. Crew as a creative advisor through the end of the year.
Speculation as to the motive for this move aside, it is necessary to compliment and congratulate Lyons on her extensive career with the brand. Her evolving role within J. Crew during those 26 years have left a meaningful and lasting impression that should be felt long after her official departure in not just the organization, but fashion as a whole.