Marissa Webb is no longer a creative designer of Banana Republic
Marissa Webb officially stepped down from her role as a creative designer of a popular retailer, Banana Republic. She made a somewhat controversial decision to work for Gap Inc. in April of 2014, and since then took the company to a new completely new era of style. Banana Republic is a store originally intended as a safari themed clothing vendor. Ever since Gap bought them they featured more upscale attires. Before the hire of Marissa Webb, they were largely known for office staples.
She will however not shun away the company completely, since the two of them will continue a business relationship. Gap Inc. still retains its minority investment in Webb’s own business, and Marissa will continue working as an advisor for them. That means her creative input will still pre present, but day to day responsibilities such as store presentation, marketing, design and window styling are no more. Those hands on responsibilities are a thing of the past for the designer. Her former role will not be filled by anyone new.
Marissa Webb first made a name for herself when she designed J.Crew’s women wear. Since then, she opened her own fashion label. Because of her previous work it was pretty controversial when she joined the retailer as a creative director. Still, she managed to make use of a position and launched two enormously popular collections under their wing.
The designer states no particular reason for departure. In a public statement she said that this opens up even more possibilities for both her own collection and Banana Republic, and that she is proud to be a part of growth and evolution of both brands. We are certain that whatever she decides, it will leave a permanent mark on an entire fashion world.