Gabriela Herstik
April 03, 2017 4:22 pm
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Whether you’re looking for the perfect striped shirt or impeccably fitting denim pant, there’s always one place that will have your back. J.Crew is pretty much your BFF’s older sister’s closet but IRL, filled with updated classics that leave you feeling calm, cool and trés chic. No matter what the occasion, the retailer is sure to have something to make you feel like your best self. And this is in big part because of president and creative director Jenna Lyons — who’s leaving the brand after 26 years. Known as much for her bold black frames and fun, whimsical personal style, Lyons is iconic in her own right and will be missed by all J.Crew devotees.

After two decades at the company, it’s hard to imagine J.Crew without Lyons. But thankfully, there are no hard feelings involved with the split, according to Business of Fashion. The mutually agreed upon move means new things are brewing. For the retailer, this means Somsack Sikhounmuong will be stepping up from her role as women’s head of design to become chief design officer for the company. Sikhounmuong has been with the company since 2001 and previously led design for J.Crew’s sister brand Madewell.

Lyons’ told Bussiness of Fashion that,

We think this is the perfect way to move on. After all, creative partnerships are all about growth and sometimes that means growing in different directions! Lyons will be missed, but we can’t wait to see what she does next!

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