Jil Sander quits Jil Sander – again
Jil Sander has left her eponymous label for the third time, just nineteen months after she replaced Raf Simons. The house attributes her departure to “personal reasons.”
The eponymous designer is departing Jil Sander for the third time, leaving the in-house team to design the upcoming Fall-Winter 2014 collection.
Minimalist fashion legend Jil Sander has announced that her latest S/S 2014 show will be her last under the Jil Sander banner, with the 69-year-old’s departure “motivated by personal reasons.”
She founded the label in Hamburg in 1968, before selling the company to Prada in 1999 and then leaving a year later. Sander then made a short comeback in 2003, before again exiting for a period in which she worked with Japanese high street label Uniqlo on a series of +J collections. The German designer returned to the brand just over 18 months ago in February 2012 for her third stint in charge.
“On behalf of the group I want to thank Jil Sander for her remarkable contribution to the brand over this period,” said Jil Sander CEO Alessandro Cremonesi. “Her outstanding design and creative leadership have been crucial in reinforcing the brand and positioning it to foster further prosperous growth.”
Raf Simons, currently in the creative director role at Parisian luxury giant Christian Dior, was previously in the hot seat at Jil Sander, leading the design team from 2005 to 2012.