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In Today’s Edition of Sad News, Jenna Lyons Is Leaving J.Crew

Say it ain’t so!

By: Samantha Sutton

When someone works at a company for a long time—as in, multiple decades—the news of them leaving might make you tear up a bit. At least, that’s how we felt when it was announced that Jenna Lyons would be leaving her role as president and creative director at J.Crew after a whopping 26 years of working with the brand (and around five with her current title). That was even before we started thinking back to her quirky-cool aesthetic, like mixing sequins with stripes and feathers, considering leopard a neutral, etc., and realized, man—we’re really going to miss her!

We’ve no doubt this was a tough decision for everyone involved. As WWD points out, the company has been dealing with debt, and J.Crew’s chief executive Millard “Mickey” Drexler told BoF that Jenna agreed it was time for a change. Thankfully, he also revealed she’s “got plans to do other things.” So, as we wait to see what the new chief design officer, Somsack Sikhounmuong—who is currently J.Crew women’s head of design—has in store for us, we’ll keep an eye out for Jenna’s new projects too. We’ve no doubt her next step, which will come after she finishes out the year with J.Crew, will be just as fabulous as she is!

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