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Kering has announced that Tomas Maier is leaving Bottega Veneta. After 17 years at the helm as Creative Director for the house, Maier has decided to step down.

“It’s largely due to Tomas’s high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the house it is today. He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference,” said François-Henri Pinault, chief executive and chairman of Kering. “I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve.”

In 2001, Tom Ford named Maier creative director of Bottega Veneta, a move that proved successful, as Maier led the fast-growing brand to pass $1 billion in sales in 2012.

Maier, who grew up in Germany, attended the Chamber Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris and worked for several luxury houses, such as Sonia Rykiel, Guy Laroche, Revillon and Hermés, upon graduation.

In 1997, he launched his own label, establishing a line of swimwear as well as separates for both men and women, and in 1998, he launched an online boutique.

Six years later in 2004, Maier opened his first store and later went on to further develop his house.