Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s Editor in Chief will be leaving the magazine Aug. 31 after 6 years.

Editor in Chief Kellie Hush will be leaving with the title to launch a new fashion retail business that is due to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

“I’m not Anna Wintour,” said Hush to Women’s Wear Daily in a 2018 report, “but I think people start speculating about [editors] moving on and I made the decision, it was a personal decision, I’m doing something really exciting which I want to do.”

She added of her abrupt exit, which surprised the fashion industry, “When I spoke to my publisher Fiorella Di Santo [after resigning on Friday], I was very clear I wanted to control the message. The business is in great shape, we have just smashed our September budget for advertising. At this stage our sales are up 13 percent on budget, which in this kind of market is smashing it. I wanted to leave on my own terms.”

Hush declined to disclose any other details about her new venture, other than confirming it won’t be in the luxury space and that it is unrelated to a new company called Kleeh Pty Ltd, which WWD can reveal was registered by Hush with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in January 2017, according to Women’s Wear Daily in a 2018 report.

According to Women’s Wear Daily in a 2018 report, Hush recently backtracked on her comments reported by The Sydney Morning Herald that “Bazaar is a luxury magazine that can’t be published on the smell of an oily rag, so I’d like to finish my tenure while that rag still smells like Chanel No. 5,” quelling speculation that Bauer may be planning to cut staff and merge the editorial teams for its prestige fashion titles Harper’s Bazaar and Elle into one centralized editorial hub — along the lines of what the company revealed for its entertainment division in June.

“At this stage, there is no plan for Elle and Bazaar to merge,” said Hush. “I had that discussion again with Fiorella on Friday. That is not being envisaged at this point in time.”

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