NEW YORK — Amanda Brooks, Barneys New York’s vice president and fashion director, has resigned and will be relocating to England.
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Brooks joined the retailer early last year, and was one of chief executive officer Mark Lee’s instrumental hires to overhaul the retailer’s creative leadership and position it for growth.
“To be the fashion director of a store with such a unique and inspiring vision has always been a dream job,” Brooks said. “I have had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented team but have resigned to temporarily relocate to England with my husband and children in the interest of further pursuing other opportunities. It is a personal decision and I will miss working with the Barneys team.”
At Barneys, Brooks was in charge of the retailer’s overall direction of trends and how they were interpreted, working with designers, the store’s visual and merchandising teams, as well as key Barneys executives, including creative director Dennis Freedman and chief merchant and executive vice president Daniella Vitale, to whom she reported.
Brooks, who is married to English artist Christopher Brooks, is a well-known figure in New York fashion circles. She joined Barneys from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, where she was director of fashion, and previously served as creative director at Tuleh. She also penned the book “I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style.”
Barneys is not planning to immediately replace Brooks.