NEW YORK — The Jones Group Inc. tapped Jeffrey Thorpe as vice president and creative director for Jones New York, a newly created role at the brand.

Thorpe was most recently creative director of Magaschoni and prior to that, held senior design roles at Ann Taylor and Anne Klein.

“He brings not only his extensive women’s wear experience, but a fresh, modern energy to his designs with a strong focus on sportswear details, knitwear and compelling prints,” Susan Metzger, Jones Group’s chief executive officer, women’s wholesale better sportswear, said.

His first collection for Jones will be for fall 2012, which will be unveiled to stores next March. Thorpe, who reports to Jones Group’s chief merchandising officer Susie Rieland, noted that he plans to help “to continue the company’s mission of dressing women for success, and redefining what women wear to work in new and interesting ways.”

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