After three wildly successful years, the Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta is now parting ways with its superstar creative director, Daniel Lee. The announcement came as a complete surprise, courtesy of a brief and watertight statement from Kering, the French luxury conglomerate which owns the brand.
Although it’s just been three years, Lee’s impact has been immense since his first collection hit the runway in 2019. He turned the stealth wealth haven of woven leather into one of fashion’s leading brands.
In fact, the designer’s crystal-clear creative vision has created a thoroughly distinct look for the house. It’s one that fans lovingly dub ‘new Bottega’ – though that might not hold any longer.
Bottega Veneta has embraced green as a new signature colour for itself. That shade can be found throughout the collections, on the packaging boxes, and even on the feature staircase in the brand’s recently renovated Marina Bay Sands boutique.
On the occasion of this shocking uncoupling (the official press release tacitly calls it a “joint decision to end their collaboration“), a brisk look back at some of Lee’s best designs and innovations for Bottega Veneta. Whether they’ll live on is another question.
And, in case you’re wondering: no news yet on who Lee’s replacement will be. Bottega has simply offered that a “new creative organisation” will be announced soon. With that and Lee’s next move in mind, there’s something to look forward to.