Daniel Lee is Leaving Bottega Veneta, Here’s What’s Next

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Bottega Veneta and Daniel Lee have announced to end their collaboration after three and a half years, since July 2018. The British designer vivified the Italian house with an electric spirit, with beloved runways and accessories that went to define his special, modern take on tradition and centered the brand in popular culture. Lee’s Bottega Veneta was chic yet experimentative – a quiet confidence that screamed through bold color and infatuating luxury leather.

“His singular vision made the House’s heritage relevant for today and put it back to the center of the fashion scene,” said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman & CEO of Kering.

“My time at Bottega Veneta has been an incredible experience,” said Lee. “I am grateful to have worked with an exceptional and talented team and I am forever thankful to everyone who was part of creating our vision. Thank you to Francois-Henri Pinault for his support, and for the opportunity to be part of Bottega Veneta’s story.”

The decision between Lee and Bottega Veneta is a mutual break, as the house honors his contribution to its legacy. “I would like to thank Daniel for his dedication to the House over the past three years,” said Leo Rongone, CEO of Bottega Veneta. “He provided Bottega Veneta with a fresh perspective and a new sense of modernity, while remaining respectful of the brand’s fifty-year heritage. The remarkable growth of the brand over the last three years bears testimony to the success of his creative work.”

Lee earned his master’s degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2010 and went on to intern at Maison Margiela and Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquière. He joined Donna Karan then made his way to Céline under Pheobe Philo as a member of the design team, before becoming the director of ready-to-wear design. His experience under such innovative houses and groundbreaking artists informed his minimalistic yet punchy design style that shifted Bottega Veneta’s landscape. From “Bottega green” to square-toe footwear, he carved new signatures for the brand that offered fresh inspiration and wild success.

Lee created the leather Pouch clutch bag, making history as the brand’s fastest-selling purse, and became a cornerstone of elevated streetwear, worn by stars like Rihanna and Hailey Bieber. Lee showed his final collection at the house last month for Spring/Summer 2022, inspired by the city of Detroit, which embraced athleisure and futuristic minimalism within the house’s storied framework of intricate knitwear.

Lee’s design approach is bold, risk-taking, and strictly led by his instincts. He is a nominee for both 2021 CFDA International Women’s and Men’s Designer of the Year awards for his successful work at Bottega Veneta. His wide respect in the industry and sharp take on fashion’s trajectory will allow him to take on any new venture he may imagine, and we’re on the edge of our seats for what’s next from Lee.

Pinault added in his a statement, “I am very grateful to Daniel for having brought his passion and energy to Bottega Veneta. I would like to personally thank him for the unique chapter that he has written in the long history of Bottega Veneta.”

Bottega Veneta will soon announce the house’s new creative leadership.

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