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Exclusive: Next's womenswear product director exits

Next’s womenswear product director Una Joyce has left the business, Drapers understands.

Her next move is not known. 

Joyce has been womenswear product director since 2014. Before that, she was womenswear buyer and she has also worked at the Next sourcing office.

It is thought Next’s brand buying and design director Liz Catterall will take over temporary responsibility for womenswear. Womenswear buying manager Alicia Lee is managing the women’s non-clothing categories.

It is the latest shift in the womenswear team at Next. In August, Next’s buying manager for womenswear bottoms and outerwear, Katya Drummond, left the business after less than three months in the role. Next declined to comment.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I've always thought it a bit of a shame that Liz got promoted into the Product Director role, making her less hands on with the womens product ranges. Her talent lies in womenswear and anyone who has ever worked with Liz will agree what a fantastic womenswear director she was - she knew exactly what she wanted and could communicate her vision so easily. It's no coincidence that the sales figures went down when Una replaced her. Una, whilst being a very capable and astute buyer, perhaps struggled to step into Liz's (very experienced and very naturally stylish) shoes.

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