Kering Announces Departure Of Tomas Maier Creative Director of Bottega Veneta

Lauren Hutton and Tomas Maier. Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Lauren Hutton and Tomas Maier. Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Update: Tomas Maier Label Is Closing The Cut

Luxury conglomerate Kering announced on Wednesday that Tomas Maier, creative director of Bottega Veneta since 2001 is leaving the brand. 

The Hollywood Reporter writes that during Maier's time at Bottega, Maier revived the Italian brand's 1970s brand message, "When Your Own Initials Are Enough," creating an understated luxe lifestyle brand "with a nod to '40s and '50s Hollywood silver screen style, gathering fans including filmmaker Liz Goldwyn, Selma Blair, Naomi Watts and more."

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Maier made major fashion news around his Spring 2017 runway show, creating the memorable image of sending then 73-year-old Lauren Hutton down the runway with then 21-year-old Gigi Hadid. 

"It's largely due to Tomas's high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the House it is today," Kering chairman Francois-Henri Pinault said in a statement. "He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference. With his creative vision, he magnificently showcased the expertise of the House’s artisans. I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve."