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Confirmed: Jil Sander to Return to Her Namesake Label

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    Jil Sander on the runway of her last presentation for her namesake label in 2004.

    On the heels of yesterday's bombshell announcement that acclaimed designer Raf Simons would be leaving the helm of Jil Sander (fueling speculation that he may be headed to Dior), the label has formally announced that its founder, Jil Sander herself, will be returning to lead the brand.

    According to WWD, the designer will be returning to the brand on Tuesday, which is remarkably quickly, after having been absent from the brand for eight years. In a statement, Sander said: "I am very happy and excited to be back. It feels like coming home after a brief journey."

    This isn't the first time Sander has staged a return to her namesake label: After initially departing in 2000 (after selling the majority of her company to The Prada Group), she came back to the helm in 2003, but then left again soon after that.

    Since leaving her label, one of the most-publicized projects Sander has worked on has been her well-received collaboration with Uniqlo, which lasted several seasons.