Jenna Lyons Leaves J.Crew

Announced earlier today, president and executive creative director of J.Crew, Jenna Lyons, is leaving after 26 years at the company. With help from Mickey Drexel, the current CEO who arrived in 2003, Lyons was able to “transform J. Crew into a cultural phenomenon,” as stated by Business of Fashion. Her 2010 promotion to president came after successfully introducing color and chic edge to the preppy brand earned growing sales and respect from the fashion community. Not only was she a major hit in the fashion world, but she was also very beloved by many celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Lena Dunham, Lupita Nyong’o, and more. Recently, Lyons role in the company began to shift as she became a new face for it. She became something of a cultural icon, someone whose personal style — statement eyewear, oversized suiting, sequins during the day — was seen as inspirational to many. Lyons was even captured on J.Crew’s Instagram page celebrating National Stripes Day, the retailer’s self-made holiday, just this past Friday. Said in a statement by 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 organization to step up and take on new responsibilities. Having spent the better part of my life with J.Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company.” –ED

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