Emma Hill, Mulberry Creative Director, to Depart

Mulberry Creative Director Emma Hill, left, who was presented with Best Accessories Designer at the Glamour Women of the Year awards, by actress Hayden Panettiere.

Mulberry Creative Director Emma Hill, left, who was presented with Best Accessories Designer at the Glamour Women of the Year awards, by actress Hayden Panettiere.

London—While rumors abound that designer Marc Jacob may leave his 16-year stint at Louis Vuitton and his namesake collections to become creative director at Coach, another prominent designer’s name is also being floated as a possibility for the job—Emma Hill, creative director at Mulberry.

Earlier today Mulberry Group confirmed that Hill, who joined the British luxury brand in 2007, will be departing. “She wishes to leave after a very successful period at Mulberry during which she has built a strong and talented creative team working for her.”

Hill has been completed the brand’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection which will be completed for its September 15 launch.

Heading to Coach?

Hill, who developed Mulberry’s iconic Alexa and Del Ray handbags, had previous designed accessories at Burberry, Marc Jacobs and Gap. She succeeded Stuart Vevers who took a position at Loewe and was instrumental in expanding Mulberry English roots and expanding its ready-to-wear offerings.

Coach’s creative director Reed Krakoff said he would be leaving Coach this month to concentrate on his eponymous brand. Other names being circulated as possible replacements for Krakoff include Nicolas Ghesquière, Phillip Lim, Derek Lam and Clare Waight Keller.

Shares of Mulberry dropped 8% in early trading today upon the news that Hill is quitting the brand. Mulberry is expected to release its earnings report on Thursday which is expected to be hit by slower sales in Asia, reduced tourist spending and other costs.

Hill’s departure date “is currently under discussion and has yet to be finalized,” according to Mulberry’s statement.


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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com