John Lewis head of buying for womenswear Jo Hooper is leaving the business after six years, Drapers has learned.
Hooper, who joined in 2008 and is credited with much of John Lewis’s recent fashion successes, including the introduction of womenswear brand Somerset by Alice Temperley, is stepping down with immediate effect. She is “actively considering a number of options for her next role”, a John Lewis spokeswoman said.
Hooper’s responsibilities will initially be taken on by Claire’s Accessories’ Julie Wright, who has previously worked for John Lewis as head of accessories “so will be able to take up her new role straight away”, said buying and brand director Paula Nickolds.
Nickolds added: “When Jo joined John Lewis, our women’s fashion was seen by many as being behind the times. Her vision and drive have created the assortment which you see in John Lewis today. She has introduced new brands to reinvigorate our offer, and in particular her work to bring our Somerset collaboration with Alice Temperley to life resulted in our most successful new launch ever. I know she will take the verve and dedication she has brought to John Lewis to any role she takes up.”