After 17 years on the helm of Burberry, Christopher Bailey, president and chief inventive director of the posh model, will step down on 21st March 2018.
In an announcement, he stated it had been a privilege to work for Burberry, however that he was certain it could proceed to thrive with out him.
‘It has been the nice privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and studying from such a rare group of individuals over the past 17 years. I do really consider, nevertheless, that Burberry’s greatest days are nonetheless forward of her and that the corporate will go from power to power with the technique we have now developed and the distinctive expertise we have now in place led by Marco,’ he stated.
He added, ‘I’m excited to pursue new inventive tasks however stay absolutely dedicated to the longer term success of this magnificent model and to making sure a easy transition.’
In the meantime, Burberry chief government director Marco Gobbetti introduced, ‘Burberry has undergone an unimaginable transformation since 2001 and Christopher has been instrumental to the corporate’s success in that interval. Whereas I’m unhappy to not have the chance to accomplice with him for longer, the legacy he leaves and the distinctive expertise we have now at Burberry give me monumental confidence in our future.’
‘We’ve got a transparent imaginative and prescient for the subsequent chapter to speed up the expansion and success of the Burberry model and I’m excited in regards to the alternative forward for our groups, our companions and our shareholders.’
Burberry’s SS18 assortment, to be offered at Vogue Week in February 2018, will due to this fact be Christopher Bailey’s final.
Bailey labored for Gucci in Milan and Donna Karan in New York, earlier than beginning at Burberry in 2001. He’s credited for making checked-line trenches a cult must-have merchandise, and maintaining the model recent, particularly when it got here to runway reveals.
Burberry was the primary model to dwell stream a present in 2009, and incorporate dwell performances from breakthrough artists like Tom Odell. Extra lately, he was one of many first to embrace the see-now-buy-now mannequin, paving the best way for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger.