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LONDON — Burberry said Tuesday that J. Stanley Tucker will step down as the brand's senior vice president of men's wear worldwide, effective Sept. 1.
Tucker won't completely be severing ties to the company, however. He is leaving London to return to New York, where he plans to establish an international consulting company, with Burberry as his first client. He will work closely with incoming Burberry chief executive officer Angela Ahrendts, who is replacing ceo Rose Marie Bravo on July 1.
Tucker was one of the original members of Bravo's team at Burberry, joining the British company in January 1998. He had worked with Bravo at Saks Fifth Avenue when she was president and Tucker was the retailer's fashion director for men's and children's wear and home furnishings. Tucker was Bravo's third merchandising appointment at the British company.
At Burberry, Tucker helped grow the brand's men's business under the Burberry London label, expanding offerings in suits, sports jackets, pants, shirts, ties, casualwear, swimwear and accessories. Tucker also worked closely with the brand's licensees, especially in Japan.
"Stan had been an integral member of the dream team at Burberry," Bravo, who will become the company's vice chairman, said in a statement. "His wealth of experience, professionalism and sense of style brought so much to the brand revitalization initiatives undertaken over the past nine years."
Tucker, in a statement, said he is looking forward to the prospect of returning to New York, but thanked Bravo "for the job of a lifetime."
A search, internally and externally, for Tucker's successor is under way, a Burberry spokeswoman said Tuesday.