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LONDON — Mulberry's creative director Emma Hill is parting ways with the brand, WWD has learned.

Hill, who showed her first full collection for Mulberry in September 2008, is understood to be leaving following disagreements with management over creative and operational strategy.

Hill could not be reached for comment. A Mulberry spokeswoman declined to comment.

The designer brought a fresh energy to Mulberry, building up its ready-to-wear, outerwear, footwear, jewelry and accessories businesses, and channeling the brand's British heritage — and inborn irreverence.

Her departure comes as Coach pursues its hunt for a successor to Reed Krakoff, the brand's president and executive creative director who will relinquish his role next year. Hill could well be a candidate for that position.

During her six years at Mulberry, Hill launched new designs including the Willow Tote, which comes with a detachable clutch; the Alexa and Del Rey bags, named after Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey, and added a feminine edge to the collections as well as a big jolt of color in the form of lipstick pinks, mint greens and buttercup yellows.

She channeled her production know-how into the collection, using techniques to make the leathers more lightweight and tempering her use of Mulberry's famous metal hardware. “I can't bear hardware that doesn't feel real,” she told WWD in 2008.

A lover of the outdoors, she put dogs on her runway and designed collections around seaside fairground and enchanted forest themes.

Hill also helped oversee the rapid growth of the brand — and its expansion into new markets — along with Godfrey Davis, the former chief executive officer and current chairman. Davis was replaced as ceo in March 2012 by Hermès veteran Bruno Guillon at a time when the brand's runaway growth began to slow. 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 on Thursday.

Revenues are expected to be slightly down from last year at about 165 million pounds, or $261 million, while pretax profits are expected to be about 26 million pounds, or $41 million. Last year, net profits were 25.3 million pounds, or $40.4 million.

All figures have been converted at average exchange for the periods to which they refer.

The company blamed the slowdown on a variety of factors, including reduced tourist spending in London, the culling of wholesale accounts and a slowdown in demand among Asian wholesale clients.

The British-born Hill — a veteran of Gap, Marc Jacobs and Chloé's accessories divisions — joined the label in February 2008 following her predecessor Stuart Vevers' departure for Loewe.
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Who will they get that was as good a fit as Hill? Good luck, she did wonders for the brand, its a shame when suits & talent cant get on the same page!

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She was really good! What idiots.

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Well this is good news to me. While I agree that she did a great job reviving Mulberry, I always thought she was a rather weak designer. The bags were good but everything else (especially the ready-to-wear) was unsatisfying at best. A more skilled designer could do wonder with the brand.

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