Last week, Kering announced the departure of creative director of Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier, who has been leading the rapid growth of the brand during his 17-year tenure. Just days after his departure, Kering has already named Maier's successor — Daniel Lee, a budding designer who has worked for the likes of Céline, Balenciaga and more.
In a statement issued by Kering, Lee expressed his gratitude at his appointment, saying, "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."
Commencing his appointment on 1 July 2018, the 32-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate was most recently the Director of Ready-to-Wear Design at Céline, and formerly worked at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan.
While the appointment of Daniel Lee is an unexpected move from Kering, it's not the first time the luxury group has named a behind-the-scenes designer to take over one of its brands. If Balenciaga and Gucci's blossoming revenues under Demna Gvasalia and Alessandro Michele are any indication, we can certainly expect great things from Lee.