April 04, 2017

Jenna Lyons Is Leaving J. Crew and the Fashion World Had a Meltdown


After 26 years at J. Crew, Jenna Lyons announced that her time with the American clothing brand is coming to a close. Major publications and a few industry personalties across the fashion world were quick to jump on the news.

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In an exclusive interview with Business of Fashion, Jenna says she’s grateful for everything the company has given her, including being able to work closely with J. Crews’ chief executive officer Mickey Drexler. “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.”

Slate breaks down the significance of Jenna’s impact in the industry as the creative director and president of J. Crew. They cite how she gave the label its cool factor, “bringing a colorful, chic edge to what had been a preppy catalog brand.” A feat that is only second to how Jenna also translated the revamp to growing sales in a time when a lot of J. Crew’s peers were suffering major losses.

Slate also pointed out how Jenna solidified the brand’s status as she got the admiration of Michelle Obama. “For one brief shining moment, there was a first lady who wore accessible American fashion and accessible American fashion that was actually stylish!”

But just like trends in fashion, things come and go quickly. Jenna’s departure from J. Crew puts her successor in the spotlight. Somsack Sikhounmuong will be taking over the creative director spot. Somsack has been with J. Crew since 2001 and previously worked for Madewell.



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