Bottega Veneta, the Italian Fashion house, has announced the appointment of Daniel Lee as the new creative director starting July 1, 2018. This comes just a few days after the departure of Tomas Maier from the role.

Daniel Lee, former director of ready-to-wear at Céline said in a statement, “I’m both honored and excited to continue the legacy that has been created at Bottega Veneta over the last five decades. Maintaining the ingrained codes of the House, craftsmanship, quality and sophistication, I look forward to evolving what has gone before while contributing a new perspective and modernity.

Chairman and CEO of Bottega Veneta’s parent group Kering, François-Henri Pinault, welcomed Daniel in an official statement released by the brand: “I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Lee to Kering as Creative Director of Bottega Veneta. The singularity of his vision inspired by a very personal creative approach convinced me that he was best able to open a new chapter in the history of the House. His work is characterized by great rigor, a mastery of studio expertise, a true passion for materials and an energy that I cannot wait to see take shape at Bottega Veneta.”

Claus Dietrich Lahrs, CEO of Bottega Veneta, has also showcased confidence in the decision made by the group. He said: “Daniel Lee has a deep understanding of the House’s current challenges both in terms of creation and development. He will bring to Bottega Veneta a new and distinctive creative language that will continue building the House’s success based on the ambitious foundations already developed over recent years.

With the experience Daniel has garnered working with Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan and his excellent work in the past, Kering has strategically entrusted the entire creative direction of Bottega Veneta to Daniel.