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Emma Hill to leave Mulberry

Mulberry creative director Emma Hill is leaving the luxury brand after more than five years at the helm.

According to reports, her departure follows disagreements with management over creative and operational strategy.

It comes a month after Mulberry non-executive director Robin Gibson stepped down. Gibson was replaced by Christophe Cornu, previously chief commercial officer at Nestle Nespresso.

Hill, who joined the label in February 2008, has been credited with revitalising the British heritage brand, launching new designs including the Willow Tote and the Alexa and Del Rey bags, named after Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey.

Hill is thought to be a front runner for the executive creative director position at Coach as the brand’s president Reed Krakoff will relinquish his role next year.

Mulberry, which opened its first store in Vienna last week, has issued two profit warnings since September and is scheduled to report its results for the 2012-13 fiscal year this Thursday (June 13).

Revenues are expected to be slightly down from last year at about £165m, while pre-tax profits are expected to be about £26m. Last year, net profits were £25.3m.

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