Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s president and chief creative officer, is leaving the brand after 17 years. The company announced on Tuesday that Bailey will resign at the end of 2018. Bailey will remain chief creative officer until March 31, 2018 and will assist chief executive officer Marco Gobbetti on the transition until the end of the year.
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“It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years,” Bailey said in a statement. “It has been a truly inspiring place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one.”
Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 and has worked to elevate the British label into a reputable luxury brand, according to Business of Fashion. Under Bailey, Burberry has made innovative changes to its runway shows, including launching a “see now/buy now” collection and merging its men’s and women’s shows in 2016.
“I do truly believe, however, that Burberry’s best days are still ahead of her and that the company will go from strength to strength with the strategy we have developed and the exceptional talent we have in place led by Marco,” Bailey continued. “I would like to thank all my colleagues as well as Sir John Peace and the Board for all their support and faith in me over the years. I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition.”