MILAN — Holly Brubach, the director of Prada’s sports clothing and home design divisions, has left the company, a Prada spokeswoman confirmed.
“She left at the end of the year to pursue other interests,” said the spokeswoman. Brubach, who joined Prada in November, 1998, has not yet been replaced. She could not be reached for comment.
At Prada, Brubach was in charge of conceptualizing and developing the two product divisions. She came from a career as a writer and editor; before Prada, she had been style editor of The New York Times Magazine, a post she held for 4 1/2 years, and she wrote about fashion for The New Yorker prior to that. In 1999, Brubach published a book, “Girlfriend: Men, Women and Drag,” about transvestism.
Although it is fairly common for fashion editors to work freelance with designers on runway shows or styling collections, Brubach was one of the first of the fashion media to cross over to a full-time post in the industry. Last October, she told WWD: “I think journalism shapes your brain. It makes you ask a lot of tough questions. You have a kind of skepticism built in that’s maybe really useful in business.”
In her role at Prada, Brubach reported directly to company chief Patrizio Bertelli.

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