Kering appoints new designer for Bottega Veneta, Daniel Lee leaves

A model presents a creation from the Bottega Veneta Fall / Winter 2020 collection during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy on February 22, 2020. REUTERS / Alessandro Garofalo / File Photo

PARIS, Nov. 10 (Reuters) – Kering (PRTP.PA) will announce a new creative director at the head of Bottega Veneta, the French luxury group announced on Wednesday, announcing the surprise departure of Daniel Lee just three and a half years after his mandate to ignite the popularity of the Italian label among the younger generations.

In a statement, Kering said the decision was mutual, but provided no further details on a timeline for the designer replacement.

The move comes as European luxury companies mark a strong recovery in sales after the coronavirus crisis, with the sector’s biggest players, including Kering, exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

“His singular vision (of Lee) made the house’s legacy relevant to today and put it back at the center of the fashion scene,” said Kering Chairman and CEO François Henri Pinault.

The 35-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate is credited with raising the profile of the brand known for its woven leather products, with popular accessories such as soft leather handbags and slip-on mules.

Marking the return of in-person and celebrity-filled fashion events, Bottega Veneta traveled to Detroit last month to show off Lee’s spring 2022 collection.

Reporting by Mimosa Spencer Editing by Mark Potter

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