Following Tomas Maier's departure after 17 years as creative director of Bottega Veneta, the luxury Italian label announced today his successor: 32-year-old British designer Daniel Lee.
Lee who is a graduate of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design was design director of Ready-to-Wear Design at Celine from 2012. Prior to that, he worked at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, and Donna Karan.
'I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Lee to Kering as Creative Director of Bottega Veneta,'
Francois-Henri Pinault said in a press release. 'The singularity of his vision inspired by a very personal creative approach convinced me that he was best able to open a new chapter in the history of the House. His work is characterized by great rigor, a mastery of studio expertise, a true passion for materials and an energy that I cannot wait to see take shape at Bottega Veneta.'
Claus Dietrich Lahrs, CEO of Bottega Veneta, said: 'Daniel Lee has a deep understanding of the House's current challenges both in terms of creation and development. He will bring to Bottega Veneta a new and distinctive creative language that will continue building the House's success based on the ambitious foundations already developed over recent years.'
'I'm both honored and excited to continue the legacy that has been created at Bottega Veneta over the last five decades,'
Lee said of his appointment. 'Maintaining the ingrained codes of the House, craftsmanship, quality, and sophistication, I look forward to evolving what has gone before, while contributing a new perspective and modernity.'
According to Kering, the parent company of Bottega Veneta, by entrusting the entire creative direction of the label to Lee, it continues to place bold and daring creativity at the center of its strategy. Lee will take over as Bottega Veneta's creative director on July 1.
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