Burberry's Christopher Bailey to leave iconic British brand
In this Saturday, June 23, 2012, file photo, British fashion designer Christopher Bailey receives applause from the audience after presenting Burberry Prorsum, from the men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:46AM EDT
LONDON -- Burberry's chief creative officer and president will be leaving the company by the end of 2018.
The luxury retailer said Tuesday that Christopher Bailey has decided it was time to "pursue new creative projects."
Bailey had once served as both chief executive and chief creative officer -- a unique dual role in the industry. He had championed the use of the digital marketplace, embracing the new medium with innovations like allowing shoppers to immediately buy online what they see on the catwalk during a fashion show.
But the luxury retailer had struggled in recent years to reinvigorate sales in key markets in Asia.
Bailey says that despite his departure he remains "fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition."