San Francisco - Banana Republic has named fashion designer Marissa Webb as creative director and executive VP of design, effective April 28. She will be responsible for guiding the brand’s overall creative direction, as well as leading global product design for Banana Republic women’s, men’s, and accessories.
Prior to branching out on her own during 2011, Webb spent time at Polo, Club Monaco and more than a decade at J. Crew Group Inc., where she served in various design roles, including head of womenswear and accessories design. Webb will retain her role as president and creative director at Marissa Webb (M Webb LLC), in addition to her newly appointed role at Banana Republic. Webb’s first collection for Banana Republic is expected in the summer of 2015. Webb will report to global president of Banana Republic Jack Calhoun.
Banana Republic parent company Gap Inc. also intends to join M Webb LLC’s minority investors by investing in the Marissa Webb label. Calhoun will work with Webb as a strategic partner in the growth and development of her business.