It’s finally over.
Barneys New York’s sale to Authentic Brands Group has been finalized, according to sources, and the retailer’s next life is beginning. Chief executive officer Daniella Vitale said she has left the company.
Vitale notified staff of her departure via e-mail Friday morning. The retailer’s leader “truly apologized for the difficulties that we caused,” noting “please know we did everything we could to avoid this situation and protect the Barneys brand.”
“It is with deep regret that I announce my resignation as chief executive officer and president of Barneys New York,” she wrote. “Today is my last day with the organization. I hope you’ll accept my profound thanks for your continued support and encouragement. I truly apologize for the difficulties we caused, but please know we did everything we could to avoid this situation and protect the Barneys brand.
“The many, many years of success at Barneys would not have been possible without your partnership,” she wrote. “Thank you for allowing me to be part of your wonderful brand. Working with all of you has been one of the highlights of my career. We did everything we could to avoid this situation and protect the Barneys brand.”
Vitale could not be reached for