In an announcement that surprised just about everyone this morning, Barneys vice president and fashion director Amanda Brooks has resigned. WWD reports that Brooks, who signed on with the luxury retailer early last year, will be moving to the UK with her husband, English artist Christopher Brooks.
Hired as an integral part of CEO Mark Lee’s plan to restructure the retailer’s creative vision, Brooks was in charge of working with designers and selecting which trends to feature. She was also tasked with expanding the retailer’s social media presence, which we discussed with her last year. Her cumulative experience within the New York fashion scene — from director of fashion at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment to creative director at Tuleh — made her seem like a lasting presence.
“To be the fashion director of a store with such a unique and inspiring vision has always been a dream job,” Brooks said. “I have had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented team, but have resigned to temporarily relocate to England with my husband and children in the interest of further pursuing other opportunities. It is a personal decision, and I will miss working with the Barneys team.”
As such, it appears that Brooks will be stepping down for personal reasons. However, a source inside the company told us there had been rumblings about the fashion team’s dissatisfaction with Brooks for quite some time. According to WWD, Barneys is not planning to replace Brooks anytime soon.