This is pretty big news: Marc by Marc Jacobs has brought on a new creative director and design director, marking the first time the position has been filled by someone other than Marc Jacobs himself!
Katie Hillier is the new creative director, though she’s been with the company for 10 years working in accessories including handbags, watches, eyewear, and jewelry. Luella Bartley was Hillier’s choice as the new design director of women’s ready-to-wear. According to Women’s Wear Daily, she is credited with reviving the Mulberry handbag line with her own capsule collection for the brand in 2002.
The new additions won’t change anything for Jacobs though. “He’s still the boss,” said Robert Duffy, the president and vice president of Marc Jacobs International. “He’s involved as he wants to be. It depends on the season.”
We can expect to see Hillier and Bartley’s influence in the fall 2014 collections, and Jacobs is excited to gain their fresh perspective on the upcoming collection. “I am very excited to have Katie here in her new role,” said Jacobs. “Her creativity and energy inspires me and everybody she works with. She is a great leader. She is a team player and a great friend to Robert and me.”