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Restructure at WGSN as content director Warkentin departs

WGSN content director Juliet Warkentin is to leave the trends forecasting site which has promoted creative director, trends Catriona Macnab to chief creative officer.

Warkentin, a former editor of Drapers and the UK edition of Marie Claire, will leave WGSN on May 20. She will join new start-up subscription-based buying website for footwear and accessories shoppers StylistPick on June 1as chief creative officer and co-founder.

Macnab, who joined WGSN in 2004 from The Woolmark Company, will take on Warkentin’s responsibilities in her new role.

As part of the changes at WGSN, Maria Janssen, creative director for youth, street and sport at WGSN and previously design director at Nike, has been promoted to WGSN creative director, reporting in to Macnab.

Sandra Halliday, who has been at WGSN since its launch in 1998, will take up the newly created role of editor-in-chief, reporting in to Macnab.

Macnab was the driving force behind WGSN’s 2010 brand extension for the homes and interiors industry, WGSN-homebuildlife. She is also an advisor to several international fashion education institutions.

Macnab said: “Over the last seven years, I have been proud to be part of WGSN’s transformation from a well-loved publishing enterprise into an indispensible and influential creative service. I am thrilled to lead this incredible team of skilled fashion practitioners, acclaimed journalists and talented professional designers who create such impressive, original work, day in day out.”

Warkentin said that she was “thrilled” to be joining StylistPick, which provides subscribers access to celebrities and stylists who deliver personalised items to their inboxes.

StylistPick received £5m investment from venture capitalist firm and Asos investor Index alongside investor Accel Partners who will sit on the board alongside founder Felix Leuschner and Warkentin.

 

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