There suddenly seems to be a game of musical chairs going on between a few leather goods-focused luxury heritage brands. First, Reed Krakoff announced his departure from Coach in April; Emma Hill announced her departure from Mulberry in June; Stuart Vevers just left Loewe to replace Krakoff at Coach; and today brings the news that Bally's creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz have resigned from the company.
According to WWD, they'll depart following the debut of the Swiss brand's spring 2014 collection in September--but where are they going?
The trade cites a source as saying the duo could be headed for the Mulberry position Hill has left vacant. It wouldn't be the worst fit--both Bally and Mulberry are European luxury heritage brands known for their leather goods--though Bally has always been a bit more modern and understated. It will be interesting to see if Mulberry maintains its signature British quirk under someone else's hands.
As for Bally, WWD reports that menswear designer (and recent ANDAM winner) Alexandre Mattiussi and former Ralph Lauren exec John Vizzone are being considered.
This still leaves the question--where is Emma Hill going?