J. Crew announced on Monday that Johanna Uurasjarvi will take over as Chief Design Officer for embattled retailer J Crew. The Finland native was previously Creative Director of West Elm, a division of Williams Sonoma, after a decade as Creative Director of Anthropologie. She launched Anthropologie's first in-house design team and developed its wholesale brand Leifsdottir.
At both companies, Uurasjarvi worked with Jim Brett, now CEO of J Crew. Brett reflected on the many years he’s worked with Uurasjarvi and her eye for design.