Jenna Lyons leaves J.Crew

After 26 years, Jenna Lyons will be exiting J.Crew, the brand confirmed on Monday, April 3. The designer will serve the remainder of her contract as a creative advisor before the end of this year.

Prior to her position as the president, the Palos Verdes native started as the menswear designer assistant for the company in 1990. In 2003, the designer became the vice president of the brand’s women’s design.

“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,” Lyons stated. “Having spent the better part of my life with J.Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company.”

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Jenna as my trusted partner for the past 14 years,” J.Crew’s chief executive Millard “Mickey” Drexler said. “She has made many significant contributions to J.Crew and has built an incredibly talented team. J.Crew is focused on continuing the progress underway as we execute on our strategic initiatives and position the company for the long term.”

Somsack Sikhounmuong, the current head of design, will take over Lyons’s duties as chief designer officer.