(6)____Presently, Daniel Lee holds the position of creative director. He took the role halfway through June 2018, and at the time had little recognition as a young, British designer, though his track record was more than impressive.
Previously, he had worked at Celine under Phoebe Philo as director of ready-to-wear, and before that held positions at Maison Margiela and Balenciaga. Since his joining Bottega Veneta, the company has been catapulted into the spotlight of must-have fashion.
Modern-Day Bottega with Daniel Lee
Daniel Lee, creative director since June 2018
This "New" Bottega, characterized by Lee as clean and back to the essential, came just in time for "Old" Celine fans to pick up, as Harper's Bazaar sharply pointed out in December 2019.
Maison Margiela & Balenciaga >> CEline >> Bottega Veneta
Just eighteen months into his new role, Daniel Lee received a number of Fashion Awards including Brand and Designer of the year. This was no surprise to the industry, as it had just seen his work develop a new fanbase for Bottega in the blink of an eye.
On November 10, 2021, Bottega Veneta and Daniel Lee announced the creative director's departure from the label after three years.
"My time at Bottega Veneta has been an incredible experience. I am grateful to have worked with an exceptional and talented team and I am forever thankful to everyone who was part of creating our vision," said Lee in a statement.