London – Emma Hill, Mulberry’s former creative director is set to make a
stellar return to the industry with the launch of her own accessories line,
which is suitably named Hill & Friends.
Together with co-founder Georgia Fendley – another former Mulberry employee
– the two are set to launch their new label during a presentation at London
Fashion Week in September, according to WWD. Hill & Friends’ Spring/Summer
2016 collection will feature a special “see-now-buy-now” capsule collection
which has been pre-sold to Net-a-porter.com and will be available for sale
the day after the label’s presentation in London and on the label’s own
Emma Hill to launch own line during LFW
All of the accessories for the label will be manufactured in the UK and
Hill and Fendley, who are the majority owners of the label, reportedly have
plans in the pipeline to expand the label’s offering in the near future to
include ready-to-wear. The duo is also said to be in search of two retail
locations in New York and London, for the label’s first stores.
The new label is Hill’s first significant creative venture since she left
her role at Mulberry two years ago. Hill, who held roles at Gap, Marc
Jacobs and Chloé, first joined the team at Mulberry in 2008, when she
succeeded Stuart Vevers after he took the role to work at Spanish label Loewe.
He is currently at Coach. During her six year tenure at the British fashion
house, Hill was credited with breathing new life into the brand, building
up its outerwear, footwear, accessories and ready-to-wear division whilst
remaining true to the brand’s British roots.
She also spearheaded the brand’s overseas expansion and successive growth
into new markets, but reportedly left Mulberry after disputes with the
brand’s former chief executive concerning its “creative and
operational strategy.” Her departure was not extremely well received within
the industry, with shares in Mulberry falling close to on the London Stock Exchange the day
her exit was announced.
Since then the Somerset-based group has had a turbulent time and has issued
a string of profit warnings and seen the departure of its chief executive.
Mulberry has been functioning with a creative director for over eighteen
months but is set to welcome former Celine designer , to the role next month.