The Daily heard from a reliable source that Alejandro Rhett, the vice president of men’s merchandising at J.Crew, was fired late Thursday afternoon after Instagram posts where he mocked fellow employees that had just been laid off landed him on the cover of The New York Post with the headline “J. Cruel.” J.Crew neither confirmed nor denied the firing.
J.Crew, which is struggling financially, laid off 175 employees (around 10 percent of its staff) and replaced head of women’s design Tom Mora with Madewell alum Somsack Sikhounmuong on June 10th. Rhett, a 32-year-old Georgetown University alum and Williamsburg resident, broke the bad news to members of his team, then hightailed it to nearby East Village bar Linen Hill and posed for photos that were hashtagged “#hungergames” and “#maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavor,” referring to the kill-or-be-killed plot of The Hunger Games. Three other fellow J.Crew employees, Julie Stamos, Vanessa de Jesus, and retail men’s merchandiser Andrew Ruth, also took part in the undeniably insensitive Instagram posts, and their future with the company is likely in jeopardy.
A J.Crew representative provided The Daily with the following statement: “We do not condone this behavior in any way. Individuals’ actions do not represent the culture of our company–this is not who we are. The tough decisions we made last week were not something we took lightly. We do our best to make decisions with care & compassion for all of our associates.”