Mulberry has announced that its creative director Emma Hill is leaving the company.
“Emma Hill has informed the company that 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,” the statement reads.
Hill has already completed the spring summer 2014 collection, to be shown in London on September 15. Her leave date is “currently under discussion and has yet to be finalized.”
According to WWD, Hill’s departure follows clashes with management over “creative and operational strategy.”
In Hill’s six years at Mulberry, the British heritage brand became buzzy and delightfully quirky (see last season’s poodles on the runway or the colorful gnomes the season before that). Hill created best-selling bags named after celebrities (the Alexa after Alexa Chung and more recently the Del Rey after Lana del Rey) and made Mulberry’s London Fashion Week show one of the biggest and most celeb-packed shows on the calendar.
According to The Telegraph, Mulberry shares have fallen by more than seven percent following the announcement of Hill’s departure and the City expects Mulberry to post a 28 percent drop in annual pre-tax profits this week.
The timing of Hill’s departure is worth noting: There’s a creative director spot open at Coach with Reed Krakoff stepping down, and Hill is rumored to be a front runner.