Chris Benz Is J.Crew’s New Head Of Women’s Design

Since Jenna Lyons left J.Crew in 2017, the retailer has seen a revolving door of executives entering and swiftly leaving its C-suite. Post-Lyons, the brand sorely needs a turnaround to bolster and maintain its position in the retail space.Well, J.Crew may have just taken a step in the direction, adding a new designer to its roster that signals a return to its roots.On Tuesday, Business of Fashion announced that the brand has tapped Chris Benz to lead the design teams for both womenswear and Crewcuts, the children\'s brand. The company is still looking to add a chief executive, so Benz will report to the leadership team in the CEO\'s office in the interim. The current head of men\'s design, Dan Winkworth, will also report to the leadership team.Benz joins J.Crew from Bill Blass, wher he was the creative directer since 2015. The move to J.Crew is a full-circle moment for Benz: It was his first job after graduating from Parsons School of Design, and he designed under then-creative-directer J