Former J. Crew designer Webb Joins Banana Republic

by Harry Sheff

Marissa WebbBanana Republic has named former J. Crew designer Marissa Webb as its new creative director for men’s, women’s and accessories. She will start on April 28, reporting to Banana Republic global president Jack Calhoun.

“I am so excited for Marissa to bring her own special touch to the brand,” said Calhoun. “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, who launched her own line for spring 2013, spent 11 years at J. Crew—mostly in women’s wear and accessories—and left in late 2011. She has also held design positions at Polo and Club Monaco. She will continue to operate her own brand while she leads design at Banana Republic.

Gap Inc. has announced it will invest in the Marissa Webb brand, which is currently sold at Barneys.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic,” said Webb in a statement. “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.”