Burberry has announced that Christopher Bailey is stepping down from his role as President and Chief Creative Officer of the brand after sixteen years. The British heritage house’s Spring 2018 show, which will be presented in February, will be his last.
“As Burberry begins the next decade of its journey, Christopher has concluded that after 17 years it will be the right time for him to pursue new creative projects,” the brand said in a statement. “Christopher will remain president and chief creative officer until 31 March 2018, when he will step down from the board. He will provide his full support to chief executive officer Marco Gobbetti and the team on the transition until 31 December 2018.”
During his nearly two-decade long tenure, Bailey transformed the luxury brand beyond outerwear and into a future-forward label known for its lace dresses, luxe bags, and statement capes – as well as the quintessentially British gabardine trench.
In a statement, Bailey added, “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.”
So what’s next for the man currently at the helm of one of the world’s biggest premium brands? “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.” Burberry has confirmed that Bailey will remain in his role until March 31, 2018.