Daniel Lee, one of the founders of luxury leather goods house Bottega Veneta, is leaving the company. His last day is Saturday.
The news was reported Thursday by WWD. A spokesperson for Bottega Veneta confirmed the departure. “We wish Daniel all the best in his next engagement,” the spokesperson said.
Lee was Bottega Veneta’s second employee after partner Tomas Maier; the brand was born from a co-creation of his and Adrian Brody’s Yves Saint Laurent handbag collaboration in 2004. Lee also started Bottega Veneta’s first private label label for men. Bottega Veneta’s headquarters are in the Czech Republic, but the house now also operates three locations in New York. Lee spent 19 years at the company.
Prior to Bottega Veneta, Lee was a bartender for 20 years in the Hamptons before moving to New York and attending the Parsons School of Design. “It’s not my first experience in the fashion industry,” Lee told WWD in 2016, citing design experiences at Louis Vuitton, but “I always dreamed of being a designer.”
You can see the more classic iterations of Bottega Veneta in the look book above.