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.