Business of Fashion reports that Jil Sander is leaving her eponymous label for "personal reasons," according to the company. This will be the third time that Sander has departed from her namesake label, and a replacement has yet to be announced.
Sander founded the brand in 1968, and quickly garnered attention for her minimalist aesthetic. After selling the majority of her company to Prada in 1999, Sander left shortly afterwards due to disagreements with Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli. Bertelli eventually offered a truce, and Sander returned to the label in 2003. However, after just two seasons, she cited insurmountable differences and departed again.
Raf Simons' tenure as creative director at the Jil Sander label began in 2005, and continued until February 2012, when Sander returned again. Simons is currently the creative director at Dior.
Jil Sander’s chief executive, Alessandro Cremonesi, released a statement that said, “On behalf of the group, I want to thank Jil Sander for her remarkable contribution to the brand over this period. Her outstanding design and creative leadership have been crucial in reinforcing the brand and positioning it to foster further prosperous growth.”
[via Business of Fashion]