Moda Operandi’s most street style-savvy and bright-haired senior-level staffer has left the building.
As the e-commerce site’s creative director of about two years, Taylor Tomasi Hill, sent an email to colleagues yesterday announcing her departure. “After two years with M’O the time has come to move forward with the next chapter. This Friday is my last day with M’oda …,” she wrote, according to The Cut.
The reason for her departure remains unconfirmed, but it seems that it was fairly sudden. According to WWD, there may have been friction between Tomasi Hill and the site’s founder Lauren Santo Domingo after the latter promised the former equity in the company, which didn’t materialize after the company’s board rejected the proposal.
Our own sources say that there was tension between the two after Europe (though we actually didn’t see her in London or Milan) and, as far as they know, Tomasi Hill does not have a job lined up.
Although there’s a lot of competition in the e-commerce space these days, Moda Operandi seems to be doing well. It got $36 million in funding from LVMH last year. Although, its CEO, Aslaug Magnusdottir, left the company she co-founded just a few months ago. According to Page Six, that departure also stemmed from a rift with Santo Domingo.
Regardless, we can’t imagine Tomasi Hill will have too much trouble finding a new gig. The former Marie Claire Accessories Editor has worn many other hats, including consulting for Sigerson Morrison, styling, and she even once designed a collection for Lane Crawford. She was even once rumored to be Julie Gilhart’s replacement as Barneys’ fashion director when Gilhart left in 2010.
As long as her next gig still allows us plenty of opportunities to gawk over her outfits and hair, we’ll be happy.
Update: We reached out to Taylor Tomasi Hill and she responded via email with this statement:
Building the MO brand over the past 2 years was a rewarding progression from the editorial world. I look forward to parlaying this experience into the next chapter.