Tomas Maier is stepping down from his role as creative director at Bottega Veneta. Maier has been at the helm of the Italian label since 2001, when the brand was acquired by Kering, and he was personally appointed to the position by Tom Ford.

“It’s largely due to Tomas’s high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the house it is today,” said Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault 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.”

Maier came to embody the concept of “stealth wealth” during his 17-year tenure. An announcement of his successor is expected imminently.

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