Day: November 11, 2021

Why Is Daniel Lee’s Hugely Successful Run at Bottega Veneta Ending?

Daniel Lee, the boyish Brit who joined Bottega Veneta as creative director in 2018, is leaving the Italian luxury brand, which announced today that the house and designer have come to a “joint decision to end their collaboration.” During his tenure, which lasted just over three years, Lee repositioned the low-key leather goods house as a cornerstone of the luxury hype movement, making lime green (“parakeet,” in house parlance) a cult-like signature, jumbo-sizing the house’s intrecciato into art-fair must haves, and garnering adulation from celebrities including Kanye West and Mary J. Blige as well as fellow designers like Virgil Abloh.

The announcement came as something of a shock, given Bottega’s stellar financial performance under Lee’s tenure; the designer presented his Spring 2022 collection in a buzzy destination show in Detroit, Michigan just last month. Kering said it plans to announce “a new creative organization” for Bottega “soon.”

Lee, who

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