German designer Jil Sander is to exit her eponymous brand, citing personal reasons as the reason for her leaving.
German designer Jil Sander is leaving her namesake label for the third time, with fashion sources citing ‘personal reasons’ as the reason behind her sudden departure.
After founding the luxury minimalist brand back in 1968, 70-year-old Sander has taken the decision to leave the fashion house once again. As a result, the Jil Sander spring/summer 2014 collection, which she showed at Milan Fashion Week last month, will be the last to be produced under her direction.
‘On behalf of the group I want to thank Jil Sander for her remarkable contribution to the brand over this period,’ said chief executive of the brand, Alessandro Cremonesi. ‘Her outstanding design and creative leadership have been crucial in reinforcing the brand and positioning it to foster further prosperous growth.’
German-born Sander returned to her label last February after an eight year absence to pick up the role of creative director after Raf Simons left to head up Dior. Her first exit came in 1999, a year after she had sold a 75 per cent stake in the company to Prada Group.
It is not known who Sander’s successor will be, but we do know that the autumn/winter 2014 collection will be designed by the brand’s in-house team.
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