Betsey Johnson is ready to move on to a new stage in her career, particularly the stage where she can ditch the commute and wake up with no plans for the day.
The edgy, whimsical designer has plans to pass the creative direction of her label to another set of capable hands by the end of the fall. Johnson recently revealed that she anticipates the step-down to happen as soon as September following her show that month.
"I should be retired. I'm basically screwing up because I’m not retired. I’d like to go in four days a month, something like that."
The incoming head designer will most likely be Eric Sartori, whose résumé includes stints at Vera Wang and Hervé Léger. According to Johnson, Sartori merely needs to "Betsey-fy", and he's ready for the job.
"But I'll be a megaconsultant. I'll go in. I want to be like Ralph [Lauren]. Like, I always imagined the perfect life is like Ralph, where he goes in, and his wonderful expert crews show him work, and he goes, 'Love it, love it, love it, um, we’ll just put that aside for the moment, love it, love it, hmmm.' You know what I mean?"
Yes, Betsey, we know exactly what you mean. Make gobs of money while working less than five days a month. Don't we all wish we were in the same position of merely deciding when to make that change? If only!
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