Amanda Brooks (image from her Twitter page)
Amanda Brooks (image from her Twitter page)
 

16 Mar. 2012

BROOKS BIDS BARNEYS ADIEU

After just over a year in the job, Amanda Brooks has resigned as women’s fashion director and vice president at US retailer Barneys New York reports WWD.

Brooks told the paper that her departure was “a personal decision” and that she would be moving to England with her husband, British painter Christopher Brooks, and their two children.

She was hired by Barneys CEO Mark Lee in 2011 as part of his reshaping of the store’s creative team and started in her position on February 7 of last year. She replaced Julie Gilhart, who had been with the store since 1992.

As fashion director Brooks was responsible for identifying women’s trends and communicating them in-store and worked with designers, the press and the visual and merchandising teams. She came to Barneys from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment where she was also fashion director. Previously, she had her own consulting company and advised labels such as Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch and served as creative director at Hogan and Tuleh.

A Barneys spokesperson declined to comment on Brooks’ departure when contacted by telephone yesterday but verified that the upscale retailer, which operates nine flagships, 17 Barneys Co-Op stores and 14 outlets across the US, is not seeking an immediate replacement.

Barneys Co-Op store, Brooklyn, NY
Barneys Co-Op store, Brooklyn, NY

Christopher Blomquist

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