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Alessandro Michele Is Exiting From Gucci

Throughout his time, Michele transformed Gucci as well as the larger industry, reinventing the brand with a gender-fluid approach to fashion.

Gucci has officially confirmed that Alessandro Michele, its creative director for nearly eight years, is leaving the brand, just a day after reports of the potential change surfaced online.

The announcement follows some major changes at Kering brands, including Bottega Veneta, which said goodbye to Daniel Lee, the designer who transformed the brand into one of today’s hottest, and instead hired Matthieu Blazy.

“I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Alessandro at the end of 2014, since then we have had the pleasure to work closely together as Gucci has charted its successful path over these last eight years,” Gucci’s president and CEO Marco Bizzarri said in a statement.

He added, “I would like to thank him for his 20 years of commitment to Gucci and for his vision, devotion and unconditional love for this unique house during his tenure as creative director.”

Kering’s chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault continued, “The road that Gucci and Alessandro walked together over the past years is unique and will remain as an outstanding moment in the history of the House.”

Regarding his time at Gucci, Michele said:

“There are times when paths part ways because of the different perspectives each one of us may have. Today an extraordinary journey ends for me, lasting more than 20 years, within a company to which I have tirelessly dedicated all my love and creative passion. During this long period, Gucci has been my home, my adopted family. To this extended family, to all the individuals who have looked after and supported it, I send my most sincere thanks, my biggest and most heartfelt embrace. Together with them I have wished, dreamed, imagined. Without them, none of what I have built would have been possible. To them goes my most sincerest wish: may you continue to cultivate your dreams, the subtle and intangible matter that makes life worth living. May you continue to nourish yourselves with poetic and inclusive imagery, remaining faithful to your values. May you always live by your passions, propelled by the wind of freedom.”

 

In the early 2000s, Tom Ford originally hired the now-former creative director to work for Gucci, where he collaborated with Frida Giannini in the accessories studio.

After that, he was appointed creative director, and in January 2015, he debuted his first collection. Throughout his tenure, Michele reimagined Gucci and the greater industry by adopting a gender-neutral approach to fashion.

After the creative’s influential tenure at the house, the industry and fans are understandably curious about Michele’s successor.

The design office “will continue to carry the direction of the house forward until a new creative organization will be announced,” the official statement reads. Remo Macco and Davide Renna, both seasoned Gucci employees, are reportedly candidates.

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