September 28, 2022: In breaking news it has been announced that Riccardo Tisci will step down as chief creative director of Burberry and will depart at the end of this month. It comes after Tisci sat at the helm of the British fashion house for almost five years in which he spearheaded a major creative transformation for the brand, welcoming a younger and more diverse customer base.
Burberry Spring/Summer 2023 which was unveiled this week will be Tisci’s last collection for Burberry. “Burberry is a very special place with a magical past and a very promising future,” the designer said in a statement. “The chapter I was asked to write in its long story is one that I am incredibly proud of and one I have decided would culminate with my show on Monday. I thrived to continue a legacy of innovation, and consistently championed for creativity and diversity, in order to always keep Burberry moving forward. I want to thank my teams, past and present, and the army of collaborators and friends who helped me write a chapter that I hope will stay in Burberry’s future for years to come.”
Jonathan Akeroyd, CEO of Burberry Group PLC commented: “Riccardo has played a pivotal role in repositioning Burberry. He has enhanced our creative language, modernised and elevated our product offer and brought a new generation of luxury customers to our brand. On behalf of everyone at Burberry, I would like to thank him for his creative leadership and wish him the very best for the future.”
Gerry Murphy, Chair, commented: “The Board and I are grateful to Riccardo for his inspiration for Burberry’s transformation. We will build on this creative platform during the next phase of Burberry’s evolution under Jonathan’s leadership.”
British-born designer Daniel Lee, best known for catapulting Bottega Veneta to cult status has been named as his replacement. He will commence the role from October 3 2022 and oversee all Burberry collections, presenting his debut runway collection at London Fashion Week in February 2023.
“I am honoured to join Burberry as Chief Creative Officer. Together with the team, we will write the exciting next chapter for this legendary British luxury brand, continuing its historic heritage and building on Riccardo’s legacy,” Lee said. “I am very excited to be returning to London, a city that champions pioneering creativity and that continues to inspire me.”
Lee sat at the helm of Bottega Veneta between 2018 and 2021. He was previously Director of ready-to-wear design at Celine, which he joined in 2012, and he has also worked at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan.