PARIS – Bottega Veneta has named Daniel Lee as its creative director, effective July 1.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Lee was most recently director of ready-to-wear at Céline, owned by rival French conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. This follows earlier stints at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan.
The 32-year-old British designer succeeds Tomas Maier, who helped shape and elevate Bottega Veneta for 17 years.
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Bottega Veneta’s parent company Kering, has a track record of appointing little-known designers at its top brands. The most successful recent example is Alessandro Michele, who has powered a spectacular turnaround at the group’s cash-cow brand Gucci.
In a statement welcoming Lee, Pinault said: “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.”
Under Maier’s tenure, revenues went from 48 million euros to almost 1.2 billion in 2017, representing a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent,
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