// Phase Eight brand director Judith Bremner steps down
// Phase Eight senior knitwear designer Anja Thorne due to replace Bremner
// Bremner was previously Monsoon design director
Phase Eight brand director Judith Bremner will resign from her role at the end of June after 18 years.
Bremner was previously the design director at Monsoon, and has also held roles in design at Max Mara.
She joined Phase Eight back in 2002.
Bremner assisted the launch of occasion wear under the Collection 8 label, and a plus-size collection under the Studio 8 label.
She was involved in the relaunch of the Damsel in a Dress brand after it was acquired by Phase Eight’s parent company, TFG London.
Meanwhile, Phase Eight senior knitwear designer Anja Thorne is due to replace Bremner at the launch of the autumn 20 collections.
Thorne joined Phase Eight in 2010, having previously worked in design roles at Burberry, Arcadia and Monsoon.
“With annual brand sales in excess of £200m, Judith has built an exceptionally loyal following throughout the UK, as well as in multiple markets across Europe, the Middle East and Asia,” TFG London chief executive Ben Barnett said.
“Over Judith’s 18 years at the helm of Phase Eight, annual sales and profitability have increased ten fold – a feat that is to my knowledge unparalleled in our sector.”
Bremner said: “The last two decades have witnessed significant change in our industry, with the inexorable rise of disposable fashion, and the seemingly inevitable decline of local service and styling in favour of impersonal online convenience. With local stores successfully maintained across the country, Phase Eight continues to stand for a different approach to retail, and one that continues to stand the test of time.”