Jil Sander is set to return to her eponymous brand tomorrow (28 February) after an eight-year absence.

She will replace current creative director Raf Simons, who replaced Sander at the brand in 2005 after she left the company for a second time following "strategic and financial" disagreements with the company's owner at the time, Prada.

"I am very happy and excited to be back. It feels like coming home after a brief journey," said Sander.

"The Jil Sander brand is ingrained in my very being, naturally, my vision of sophisticated, truly modern design stayed with me, as vivid as on the first day. Paradigms change and evolve from season to season, but the heart of a brand doesn't alter.

"It will be a great challenge and a greater joy to design Jil Sander's contemporary identity. I am convinced that the moment is as favourable as could be wished. The fashion world needs original voices and genuine signatures. I will do my best to, once again, join the choir."

The company's Japanese owner Onward Holdings said it welcomes the appointment, adding the move is an important step to foster the long-term growth that was part of its plan when it bought the brand in 2008.

There has been industry speculation that outgoing creative director Simons is set to move to Dior, which has been without a head designer after John Galliano's departure over a year ago.