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Stuart Weitzman steps down as brand creative director

Stuart Weitzman steps down as brand creative director

Famed footwear designer Stuart Weitzman has stepped down as creative director of his fashion brand.

A-list favourite Weitzman, who founded the company almost 30 years ago, will be replaced by Giovanni Morelli in May (17).

The shoe designer will remain chairman of the company.

"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," Weitzman said in a statement. "Giovanni is respected for his attention to detail, respect of quality and craftsmanship and for his modern sensibility that is always pushing new design boundaries."

Morelli was previously a leather goods design director at Loewe. He has also worked with Prada, Burberry, and Marc Jacobs.

Coach acquired the Stuart Weitzman brand in 2015, taking over from Sycamore Partners, and set about growing the business. A number of high profile campaigns followed, with Gisele Bundchen starring in the label's first ever commercial in August last year (15).

Hot on the heels of the Gisele adverts, Stuart Weitzman tapped three of the world's hottest models for its Spring/ Summer 16 campaign; Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and Joan Smalls. Shot by Mario Testino, the campaign sent pulses racing by featuring the trio wearing nothing but high heels.

"So excited to be a part of the @StuartWeitzman SS16 campaign," Gigi wrote alongside the shot on Instagram. "Best shoes, best team, best day - clearly NOTHING else is needed."

"These Shoes were made for Walking...Naked," Joan wrote on her own Instagram page.

Stuart Weitzman operates 75 retail stores across the United States and in Europe. The brand is also sold through licensed international stores and international shop-in-shops in more than 70 countries.

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