Alessandro Michele steps down as Gucci creative director
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He has been creative director for nearly eight years.
From the official statement of the Kering conglomerate, which owns the Gucci brand, it became known that the 49-year-old designer Alessandro Michele has stepped down as creative director. In total, he worked for the company for 20 years. CNN writes about this.
The designer also confirmed this news in his Instagram account.
The conglomerate's chairman and CEO, François-Henri Pinault, said in a statement: “The path that Gucci and Alessandro have traveled together over the past years is unique and will remain a standout moment in the Maison's history…His passion, his imagination, his ingenuity and his culture have made Gucci into the spotlight where he belongs.”
Joining Gucci as a handbag designer and with no experience running a major label, Michele was unexpectedly promoted to the top job in 2015. The company notes that Michele “played a fundamental role in creating the brand as it is today.”
“There are times when paths diverge because of the different points of view that each of us can have. Today, for me, ends an extraordinary journey of more than twenty years, within a company to which I tirelessly devoted all my love and creative passion. All this time Gucci was my home, my adopted family.To this big family, to all the people who cared for her and supported her, I send my most sincere gratitude, my biggest and most sincere hugs.Together with them I wished, dreamed, imagined. Without them, none of what I have built would be possible. To them my most sincere wish: may you continue to cultivate your dreams, subtle and intangible matter worth living for. Continue to nourish yourself with poetic and inclusive images while remaining true to your values. May you always live your passions, driven by the wind of freedom,” the designer wrote on his Instagram page.
Design is known to be the reason for dismissal Era began disagreements with the owners of the brand. According to The New York Times, Michele's style has “become boring” and Gucci's sales growth has slowed this year.