After 17 years as the creative director at Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier is stepping down.
In an official statement released by the brand’s owner Kering, the luxury group did not clarify why Maier is leaving, but instead focused on what he built: “It’s largely due to Tomas’s high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the House it is today. He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference,” said chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault. “With his creative vision, he magnificently showcased the expertise of the House’s artisans. I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve.”
After taking over the position from Tom Ford in 2001, Maier’s Bottega eventually found its way out of debt. By 2012, Bottega Veneta surpassed $1 billion in sales. As of 2017, Bottega Veneta was Kering’s second-most profitable brand behind Gucci, raking in approximately $1.4 billion in revenue. Though these types of departure announcements usually come as joint statements (see: Christopher Bailey, Phoebe Philo, Kim Jones), Bottega Veneta’s included nothing from Maier himself. Kering could not be reached for a statement, and Bottega Veneta representatives declined to comment further.
Maier recently received praise for using social media-famous models for his last collection for the house, in a move that signaled that Bottega Veneta was attempting to reach a younger consumer. The spring 2018 line was also the first to hit its new (and largest) flagship store location on New York’s Madison Avenue in January earlier this year. Check back for updates as we follow this story.
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