Days after von Furstenberg told WWD she plans to sell a stake in her company, Jonathan Saunders has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg.

Saunders’ tenure was very short — he joined DVF in May 2016 to lead all product categories, store design, site design, and develop a new corporate brand identity. His last collection for the label was the pre-fall lineup, inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point. 

DVF has been without a chief executive officer since November 2016, when Paolo Riva left the company, and now, von Furstenberg will hire Michel Dyens & Co., a top investment banking firm, to help her explore options for selling a stake in the company.

“I am grateful for Diane’s support and for the opportunity of guiding this iconic brand. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished in the past 18 months. I thank the incredible team for their dedication and support, and will continue to be a friend and admirer of the brand,” Saunders said in a statement.


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