Karen Millen poaches Tracey Stainer from L.K Bennett to lead design teams

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Karen Millen has appointed Tracey Stainer to the newly-created role of creative design director.

Stainer is poised to join the high street fashion chain this spring, leaving behind her current role as ready-to-wear product director at L.K Bennett.

Prior to L.K Bennet, she was with French Connection, where she held the role of womenswear design director for 13 years.

Stainer’s move to Karen Millen follows the departure of former chief creative officer Gemma Metheringham six months ago, who has gone back to Next to be the creative director of its in-house Label division.


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However, rather than be a direct successor for Metheringham in her new role, Stainer will lead Karen Millen’s design teams and reporting directly to chief executive Beth Butterwick.

Stainer’s new role was created as party of a restructure of its internal teams under the leadership of Butterwich, who joined Karen Millen from Bonmarche in August.

“We’re absolutely delighted Tracey is joining Karen Millen as creative design director, bringing a proven track record of developing collections that build strong brand through real customer focus,” Karen Millen chief executive Beth Butterwick said.

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