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After eight years, Kym Canter has resigned from J.Mendel as creative director.
This story first appeared in the February 24, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The designer, Gilles Mendel, is said to have taken on her former responsibilities and plans to continue to do so on an ongoing basis.
In an interview Monday, Canter said she felt she had accomplished what she set out to do at J.Mendel and is eager to explore other fashion opportunities.
After Harper Collins published her book, “Star von Bunny: A Model Tale,” in December 2007, Canter was approached about developing a mass marketing campaign for the character. The book is a lighthearted tale about a stuffed rabbit’s adventures in the world of fashion and celebrityhood. She declined to specify which categories are being explored, but said the targeted age range would be between the ages of 16 and 45.
Despite the potential branding of Star von Bunny, Canter emphasized she will continue to work in fashion. “That [interest] just sparked something in me that made me want to go out there and have new opportunities,” she said. “That isn’t the only plan I have in place. I’m not leaving fashion.”
In regards to her eight-year run at J.Mendel, Canter said she was particularly proud that the brand and its designer, Mendel, are now recognized as a fashion house, instead of being known solely for its fur origins.