This relatively unknown designer will replace German designer Tomas Maier as the brand’s Creative Director
Bottega Veneta made headlines for the second time last week, after announcing Tomas Maier’s departure from the brand after 17 years. The designer, they say, was the reason behind the huge success of Bottega Veneta, the third largest brand of global luxury group Kering.
While fashion and luxury insiders were betting on big names like Phoebe Philo to fill the position, Kering appointed a relatively unknown and young designer, Daniel Lee as Bottega Veneta’s new Creative Director.
The 32-year-old British designer served as the Director of Ready-to-Wear Design at Céline, a French luxury apparel and goods brand, before joining the Italian luxury goods and high fashion brand. Lee has also worked for luxury fashion houses Maison Margiela in France, Balenciaga in Spain and New-York clothing label Donna Karan.
“I’m both honored and excited to continue the legacy that has been created at Bottega Veneta over the last five decades. 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,” said Lee in the official press statement. “I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Lee to Kering as Creative Director of Bottega Veneta. 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.”