Tomas Maier is Leaving Bottega Veneta

Tomas Maier is Leaving Bottega Veneta

The designer is leaving the brand after 17 years.

The designer is leaving the brand after 17 years.

Text: Tess Garcia

Tomas Maier has officially announced his departure from Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta, where he has served as creative director for the past 17 years.

Maier was originally brought in to revive the struggling label in 2001. He was appointed by Tom Ford, then the creative director of Gucci Group, Bottega Veneta’s owner at the time. According to Business of Fashion, Bottega Veneta experienced a brief resurgence under Maier’s direction, surpassing $1 billion in sales in 2012, and Kering’s second-largest luxury label after Gucci and its fastest-growing. Though the brand has since failed to perform as highly, the impact of Maier’s tenure cannot be ignored.

“It's largely due to Tomas's high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the house it is today,” said Francois-Henri Pinault, chief executive and chairman of parent company Kering. “He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference.”

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