Federica Marchionni, the chief executive of US casual clothing and footwear retailer Lands' End, has stepped down after just 19 months in the role.

The former Ferrari and Dolce & Gabbana USA executive was appointed CEO early last year and had been in the process of trying to re-invent the apparel brand, known for its kid's uniforms and outdoor clothing. During her tenure, the company introduced slimmer-fitting clothes, stiletto heels, a new designer collection called Canvas by Lands' End, and an athletic wear line.

Following Marchionni's resignation yesterday (26 September), Joseph Boitano and James Gooch have been appointed co-interim chief executive officers with immediate effect. They hold the positions of chief merchandising and design officer, and chief operating and financial officer, respectively.

Marchionni said of her departure: "I am honoured to have led this extraordinary company and proud to have succeeded in providing a vision to expand its positioning in the industry with a multi-dimensional strategy. However, the board of directors and I have agreed it is time for others to bring Lands' End into the future."

The company says it has engaged global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to assist with finding a permanent CEO. 

"On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Federica for her dedication and contributions to Lands' End," said Josephine Linden, chairman of the board. "Her creative vision has helped Lands' End begin its transformation as a global lifestyle brand with a broader merchandise offering that is more relevant in today's marketplace.

"Federica is stepping down at this time, leaving Lands' End well-positioned to continue its evolution and capture the growth opportunities that exist for our iconic brand in this dynamic retail environment."