Stuart Weitzman Steps Down As Creative Director of His Eponymous Label; Loewe’s Giovanni Morelli Is His Successor

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Gigi Hadid Fronts Stuart Weitzman Fall 2016 Ad Campaign

Above image: Gigi Hadid for¬†Stuart Weitzman’s Fall 2016 ad campaign.


American designer Stuart Weitzman is stepping down as creative director and executive chairman of his eponymous brand, which he founded nearly 30 years ago. His successor is former Loewe leather goods design director Giovanni Morelli.

Morelli will assume the role in May 2017 and will report to Wendy Kahn, who who will become CEO and brand president this September. Weitzman will become chairman.

Morelli started in the industry 25 years ago and held creative roles at Prada, Marc Jacobs, Chloé and most recently LVMH-owned Loewe and has built a reputation for his accessories designs and creative leadership.

In Giovanni, we have found a creative director who will ensure that the unique DNA of the brand will be preserved while infusing his creative vision for a modern age,” said Weitzman in a statement. “Giovanni is respected for his attention to detail, respect of quality and craftsmanship and for his modern sensibility that is always pushing new design boundaries.”

Coach acquired the storied footwear label in early 2015 for a reported $574 million and has been quietly revamping the footwear line ever since.

‚ÄúGiovanni has garnered worldwide recognition designing iconic accessories for several European and American fashion brands. His extensive luxury brand experience and focus on leathergoods and accessories, make him ideally suited to assume the role of creative director for the Stuart Weitzman brand,‚ÄĚ said Victor Luis, CEO at¬†Coach, the parent company of Stuart Weitzman.¬†

Photos Credit: Mario Testino

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