British premium womenswear brand Issa has promoted Jamie O’Hare from head of design to the role of creative director.
O’Hare will showcase his first collection in the new role for autumn 15 on February 22 during London Fashion Week. He will not be replaced as head of design.
Prior to joining the brand in 2013, O’Hare was a consultant at Roberto Cavalli from August 2012 to October 2013 and head of design at British brand Aubin and Wills. He previously spent seven years at Chloe, ultimately as head designer of See by Chloe.
Camilla Al Fayed, Issa chairwoman and the daughter of former Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed, said: “Jamie has a great understanding of the Issa brand values, and is dedicated to its evolution. I am delighted to announce his appointment as creative director and feel huge excitement about the future.”
Issa was launched at London Fashion Week in 2006 and, in 2011, Al-Fayed acquired a controlling share. When the brand’s founder, Daniella Helayel left in 2013, Al Fayed took 100% ownership and began transforming Issa into a lifestyle brand.
Issa has a network of more than 200 stockists globally, trades online and has a standalone boutique in Tokyo. It is planning further international stores in the near future, including a store in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in early 2015.
It has not yet replaced Beverly Hill as chief executive, who left after two years in September last year to become chief executive of premium women’s denim brand MiH.