Daniel Lee
by Stephen Garner
daniel lee
Daniel Lee

Italian luxury fashion house Bottega Veneta has announced the appointment of Daniel Lee as its new creative director, starting July 1. This news come just one day since the brand declared it ended its ties with long-time creative director Tomas Maier, who had been with Bottega Veneta for 17 years.

An experienced designer, Lee, who is 32, was most recently director of ready-to-wear design at Céline. Before joining Céline in 2012, he worked at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan, and is a graduate of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

“I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Lee to Kering as creative director of Bottega Veneta,” said François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, the parent company of Bottega Veneta. “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 rigor, a mastery of studio expertise, a true passion for materials and an energy that I cannot wait to see take shape at Bottega Veneta.”

Claus Dietrich Lahrs, CEO of Bottega Veneta, commented: “Daniel Lee has a deep understanding of the House’s current challenges both in terms of creation and development. He will bring to Bottega Veneta a new and distinctive creative language that will continue building the House’s success based on the ambitious foundations already developed over recent years.”

“I’m both honored and excited to continue the legacy that has been created at Bottega Veneta over the last five decades,” added Lee. “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.”