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Banana Republic's executive vice president of design and creative director of five years, Simon Kneen, has announced his exit from the company, effective December 31. By way of explanation, global brand pres Jack Calhoun told WWD, "As we compete to win on the global stage, now is the right time to make a change."
No telling if this means the end of classy Mad Men capsules, classy Anna Karenina styling, or classy collabs with those who dress Kate Middleton because Kneen's successor hasn't been named. His last collections are the L'Wren Scott collaboration, bowing in December, and the summer 2014 line.
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