Barneys New York’s senior fashion director Tomoko Ogura has exited that post after nearly four years.
Ogura has left the company for another opportunity, according to a Barneys spokeswoman. Ogura could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.
Ogura first joined the retailer as a fashion merchandising assistant right after studying economics and picking up her diploma from Dartmouth College in 2005. Rising up the ranks, she served as fashion director for the women’s Co-op at Barneys, before taking on the top fashion job at the age of 29. In that role, she reported to Barneys’ chief operating offices and senior executive vice president.
At Barneys, Ogura, who was born in New Jersey and raised in Japan, wasn’t only on the lookout for new designers, collections and trends. She was also involved with developing the retailer’s private-label collection, which she described in a 2014 interview as “an exciting learning experience.” At that time, she said, “I love spending time at the factories and seeing each garment fit, develop and come to life. The drive through the countryside in Italy to arrive at the factories, the tailors who come out in their lab coats with their impeccable eye for fit, the constant translations of English to Italian, the cleanliness of the factory floor — all of these things I appreciate and keep me excited.”
Barneys is in the process of a finding Ogura’s successor and is still talking to candidates, the Barneys spokeswoman said.