Banana Republic’s parent company Gap Inc., announced today that designer Marissa Webb has been named creative director and executive vice president of design for Banana Republic.
In her new position, Webb will oversee almost every aspect of San Francisco-based Banana Republic, which includes design in women’s, men’s and accessories — in other words, just about everything at Banana Republic is getting the Marissa Webb touch.
“I am so excited for Marissa to bring her own special touch to the brand,” said Jack Calhoun, Global President of Banana Republic. “What she delivers today is so fresh and relevant, I know her design sensibility will move Banana Republic forward in our effort to deliver Modern American style. I can’t wait to have her on board.”
Webb’s first day at the helm of Banana Republic is April 28, but shoppers won’t be able to see the full effect of Webb’s efforts until the goods hit stores in the summer of 2015. As part of the deal, Gap Inc., has bought a minority stake in Webb’s eponymous label, which she began in 2012 to much fanfare from the fashion industry. Calhoun will serve as a strategic partner to assist in the development and growth of her company, which means we’ll all be seeing a lot more of Webb in the coming seasons.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic,” said Webb. “The brand has such a beautiful history which I truly admire. This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy. I’m excited to be joining Banana Republic and being able to make an impact for our modern customer.”
And it’s not the first time that Webb’s been with a company of this size. Prior to launching Marissa Webb, she worked with Jenna Lyons at J. Crew for over a decade as Head of Womenswear and Accessories Design. And before J. Crew, Webb honed her skills at Club Monaco and Ralph Lauren (just like Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Thom Brown, Todd Snyder, John Varvatos, Michael Bastian and fellow J. Crew designer Frank Muytjens).
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Images courtesy Marissa Webb