Stuart Weitzman steps down as Creative Director of own brand

Stuart Weitzman, the founder of the luxury footwear brand, is stepping down as Creative Director of his own brand. He will become Chairman of the company.


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Weitzman will be replaced by Giovanni Morelli, who joins Stuart Weitzman from Loewe, where he has been Leather Goods Design Director, Men's and Women's (Non Apparel) since March 2015. Morelli has also worked at Prada, Burberry, Marc Jacobs and at Chloé, where he led all design teams for non-apparel including Footwear.

Stuart Weitzman said, "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. 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."

"Women globally have embraced Stuart Weitzman's beautiful shoes that offer both amazing design and incredible comfort. I look forward to expanding the brand's language and its global reach while remaining respectful of the culture and key tenets that it was founded on, which in turn have inspired such strong customer loyalty," said Morelli.

This is the second big change at Stuart Weitzman this summer. In July, Wendy Kahn was named CEO and brand president of Stuart Weitzman, replacing Wayne Kulkin, who had worked in close collaboration with founder Stuart Weitzman.

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