He announced his resignation Wednesday, ending a eight-year tenure.
Womenswear Daily reported Michele’s expected departure on Tuesday. They cited sources who said Michele failed to fulfill a request to “initiate strong design shift” and that Francois-Henri pinault, chairman of Gucci’s parent Kering was looking for a change in pace.
Gucci officially announced Michele as having played “a fundamental role in making the brand what is it today through his innovative creativity.”
Michele mentioned “different perspectives” as the reason he left, but he didn’t elaborate.
He said, “Today, an extraordinary journey for me ends, lasting more than twenty years within a company that I have tirelessly committed all my love, creative passion, and talent to.” In January 2015, he was named creative director.
Gucci stated that the in-house designers would continue to design the collections until a new creative direction is appointed.