THE WHAT? Kering has announced that Alessandro Michele is to step down as Creative Director of Gucci, which he has been at the helm of since 2015.
THE DETAILS According to a press release Gucci’s design office will continue to carry the direction of the house until a ‘new creative organization’ has been announced.
Michele is said to have played a ‘fundamental part in making the brand what it is today through his groundbreaking creativity, while staying true to the renowned codes of the House.’
THE WHY? Alessandro 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 twenty 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.”