Bottega Veneta has announced the appointment of Daniel Lee as the label’s new creative director.
The British designer hails from Céline where he worked as director of ready-to-wear under the helm of Phoebe Philo for six years.
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The 32-year-old is a Central Saint Martins graduate and has worked for the likes of Balenciaga, Donna Karan and Maison Margiela.
We welcome Daniel Lee as Creative Director of @BottegaVeneta, starting July 1st, 2018. The British designer is a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Lee was most recently Director of Ready-to-Wear at Céline, and has worked for Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan. “Maintaining the ingrained codes of Bottega Veneta, craftsmanship, quality and sophistication, I look forward to evolving what has gone before, while contributing a new perspective and modernity.” – Daniel Lee #BottegaVeneta #DanielLee
“I’m both honoured and excited to continue the legacy that has been created at Bottega Veneta over the last five decades,” Lee said on his latest role. “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.”
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The designer succeeds former creative director, Tomas Maier, who stepped down from the Italian fashion house earlier this week after 17 years.
On Lee’s newfound role, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, François-Henri 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 characterised by great rigour, a mastery of studio expertise, a true passion for materials and an energy that I cannot wait to see take shape at Bottega Veneta.”
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Lee will join the luxury label on July 1 but it is not yet known when the designer will showcase his debut collection.
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR UK.