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Chanel's Barbara Cirkva is leaving

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Chanel's Barbara Cirkva is leaving

Barbara Cirkva will leave Chanel in 2016.

The division president of the French brand has announced she will step down from the role in March of next year.

It marks the end of 28 years at the brand for Barbara, with a search for a replacement now underway. Luckily she still has the rest of this year to say goodbye to the company.

“My career at Chanel has been one of the most exceptional experiences of my professional and personal life. I want to thank all of the wonderful partners I have had over the years in the US, Paris and globally, and I look forward to working with them throughout the year," Barbara told WWD.

The fashion star joined Chanel in 1987 after beginning her career in Bloomingdale's. President and chief operating officer at Chanel Inc., John Galantic, says Barbara will be missed at the luxury label.

“Barbara’s leadership and influence at Chanel and in the industry are recognised and respected globally,” he explained. “During her tenure at Chanel, she has continually elevated the image of the brand while balancing the interest of the business. Barbara’s leadership, deep understanding of luxury and passion for the brand are truly inspiring and will be missed.”

It's a time of new beginnings for Chanel, which is branching out into e-commerce with a jewellery line on Net-a-porter.com. Called Coco Crush, it will be a six-piece collection of fine designs.

The five rings and one cuff feature the classic Chanel quilted pattern and will be on sale from Wednesday. They will be available on the site for three weeks before moving into stores.

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