Days after it was announced that Tomas Maier is stepping down from his role as the creative director of Bottega Veneta, the brand has revealed his successor—32-year-old Central Saint Martins alum, Daniel Lee. While the name may not ring a bell to many, he’s the person behind many of your favourite ensembles at Céline, having worked as the director of ready-to-wear at the French fashion house since 2012 under the helm of Phoebe Philo. Prior to that, he has worked at brands such as Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan.
Kering’s CEO, François-Henri Pinault revealed the reason behind his appointment in a statement, saying, “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 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.” Daniel Lee echoes his sentiment, stating that “I’m both honoured 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.”
Will Bottega Veneta be adapting to a modern minimalism approach for the upcoming seasons? Guess we’ll find out when the designer officially joins on July 1.
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