Jacqui Wenzel, Ports 1961’s president and head of U.S. Operations since 2008, has left the company.
She resumed her position as president of JW Merchandising, her own consulting firm that is devoted to “developing new ideas into global lifestyle brands,” she said.
“I’ve accomplished everything that I set out to do over a five year plan,” said in an email she sent out on Thursday afternoon.
Wenzel had joined Ports in 2005, rising to the president post. Before that, she operated her consultancy firm after working in buying, merchandising, management and retail positions for Romeo Gigli, Krizia, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Linda Dresner.
” I will also continue my work as vice president of LIM’s Fashion Education Foundation and remain an active member of Fashion Group International’s Board of Directors,” Wenzel said.
Her departure comes at a time of changes for the Ports 1961 label.
Tia Cibani, who was instrumental in the creation of the Ports 1961 label, stepped down last year, and was succeeded by her sister Fiona Cibani, whose main focus has been the Ports International brand.
With Fiona Cibani at the creative helm, the company is repositioning Ports 1961, elevating it to a designer brand with higher qualities and price points. Ports also tapped Robert Burke, founder of Robert Burke Asssoc., to consult on the line, and Giovanni Bianco, a creative director who works with Madonna and Steven Klein, among others, to work on the new imaging.
The new direction will be unveiled at the Ports 1961 runway show next Wednesday.
Ports International, which originated in Canada in 1961, is owned by Fiona Cibani’s husband, Chinese entrepreneur Alfred Chan.