Mulberry Hires Commercial Director from LVMH

Model Cara Delevingn at London Fashion Week.

Model Cara Delevingne showed her handbag collaboration with Mulberry last month at London Fashion Week.

Somerset, England—Mulberry, the British luxury leathergoods brand which gave its third profit warning in the past two years in January, has hired Steven Newey, a former LVMH executive, to the newly-created role of group commercial director.

Formerly general manager for Berluti footwear in Europe and the Middle East, Newey is reportedly starting his new position on May 1 and will lead “the retail, wholesale and online according to Drapers’ sister magazine Retail Week.

Prior to Beluti, Newey was retail area manager for the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Austria at Loro Piana and Retail operations controller at Alfred Dunhill, London.

Search for Creative Director Continues

Longtime group supply director Ian Scott recently left his position at Mulberry after nine years to set up his own consultancy business. Scott was created with helping Mulberry set up its Somerset factories where some 50% of its products are now made.

Mulberry is also said to still be looking for a creative director to succeed Emma Hill who left last fall.

During London Fashion Week in February, Mulberry premiered five convertibles handbags created in collaboration with model Cara Delevingne. The bags which can change from top handle styles to backpacks, retail starting at about $1,500—higher pricepoints than previous collections as Mulberry CEO Bruno Guillon has been pushing the brand more upscale.

It’s a strategy some have questioned after Guillon reported that “substantial discounts” by rivals especially holiday hurt the company’s sales, resulting in the profit warning.

Exane BNP Paribas analyst Luca Solca told Retail Week last month: “Mulberry is a great brand but I’m not sure moving it upmarket is the best or the easiest thing to do. It lacks the credibility to price its products at the high end.”


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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.