Bailey is set to leave late 2018, after 17 years, making way for a new chapter in the brand’s creative strategy.
"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. Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain. As an organisation, it is creative, innovative and outward looking. It celebrates diversity and challenges received wisdoms. It is over 160 years old, but it has a young spirit. It is part of the establishment, but it is always changing, and always learning. It has been a truly inspiring place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one. 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. 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." - Christoper Bailey
Speculation of who will replace Bailey is rife with most looking to Phoebe Philo. The Céline creative director has a clear vision & won British Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2010, for the second time. In 2011 Philo received the International Award at the CFDA Fashion Awards and we would honestly love to see what she & former boss Gobbetti would transform the brand into.
Watch this space.