JUMPING THE GAP: Carolyne Rapp has quietly exited Gap as director of global fashion and creative concepts. Both the retailer and Rapp, who is said to be under contract through the end of the year, declined comment. But sources said her post was eliminated and the position is not expected to be filled.
Rebekka Bay remains at the helm of the brand’s creative team, overseeing a fleet of vice presidents for such categories as women’s, men’s, accessories, kids’, Fit and Body. That roster includes Maria Chen, who joined the company in December as vice president of global design. One insider insisted that Chen’s and Rapp’s jobs did not intersect in any way.
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The Danish-born Bay was applauded for her success creating COS for H&M, before joining Gap two years ago. But her Gap experience has been less seamless, given the retailer’s ups and downs.