Stuart Weitzman Steps Down As Creative Director

Renowned designer, Stuart Weitzman, steps down from the creative director role of his own footwear label. Weitzman, who has been designing shoes under his own name for over 25 years, will stay involved with the business and will be ‘promoting’ himself to chairman of the company.

Taking over his position, Giovanni Morelli, will succeed Weitzman in creative director. Previous to his time at Loewe, as leather goods design director, Morelli had worked at a range of luxury labels, including Marc Jacobs, Burberry and Chloé.

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Coach Acquires Stuart Weitzman 2015, Photo Credit: Vogue/Stuart Weitzman

Coach acquired the brand early in 2015 for a reported $574 million, and has been accelerating as a footwear label ever since. In August 2015, Stuart Weitzman approached Gisele for its first-ever commercial, and in July of this year, it poached from Valentino for new CEO and brand president Wendy Kahn.

“In Giovanni, we have found a creative director who will ensure that the unique DNA of the brand will be preserved while infusing his creative vision for a modern age,” said Weitzman.

Morelli’s appointment will come into effect in May 2017, at which time Weitzman will begin in the position of chairman.