Ken Downing is exiting Neiman Marcus, effective Friday, March 29, as first reported by WWD. He is stepping down from his senior vice president and fashion director role after 28 years with the national department store, which recently opened a new location — its first in New York City's Manhattan — at Hudson Yards just last week.
"It has been a monumental experience being part of Neiman Marcus for so many years," said Downing in an official statement. "The invaluable relationships I've forged with colleagues, brand partners and certainly my customers will always be something I cherish personally and professionally. As I take on the next chapter in an industry I have been proud to be a part of, I look forward to new challenges and experiences."
"Ken has been an unparalleled brand ambassador for Neiman Marcus through the years," said Geoffroy van Raemdonck, CEO of The Neiman Marcus Group, in an official statement. "He has had a unique connection with our customers and a creative approach to fashion and styling. Our retail experience and fashion teams look forward to carrying on our innovation in customer events and presentation, as Ken takes on new experiences."
Downing, who's held positions at Neiman Marcus across public relations, visual planning and more, has been a longtime front-row staple during fashion month. His replacement has yet to be announced and the company is also looking to fill its chief merchant role after the departure of Jim Gold, who's been with the company for a total of 28 years, as well.