Report: J.Crew Fires VP of Men's Merchandising for Insensitive Instagram Posts

The photos made light of the retailer's recent round of layoffs.
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The photos made light of the retailer's recent round of layoffs.
Alejandro Rhett. Photo: Alejandro Rhett/Facebook

Alejandro Rhett. Photo: Alejandro Rhett/Facebook

After insensitive Instagram posts landed him on the cover of the New York Post with the headline "J. CRUEL," Alejandro Rhett was reportedly fired by J. Crew on Thursday, according to The Daily Front Row

Rhett was the vice president of men’s merchandising at the slumping brand, which announced on June 10 that 175 full-time positions would be eliminated, mostly from its corporate headquarters in New York.

A spokesperson for J.Crew refused to comment on his employment status, issuing the following statement instead:

"We do not condone this behavior in any way. Individuals’ actions do not represent the culture of our company – this is not who we are. The tough decisions we made last week were not something we took lightly. We do our best to make decisions with care and compassion for all of our associates. Our values at J.Crew are and have always been about respect, support and consideration for others."

According to the Post, which published now-deleted screenshots from his Instagram account, Rhett had a celebratory evening with at least two other J.Crew colleagues after personally laying off several employees this week. He posted images from a bar with captions suggesting he and his buds had survived something akin to "The Hunger Games" (#maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavor), among other comments that appeared crass in light of his employer's recent woes.