Mulberry announces Johnny Coca as its new creative director

Mulberry announces Johnny Coca as its new creative director

Emma Hill's long-awaited replacement

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Mulberry has named Johnny Coca its new creative director – confirming rumours surrounding his potential hire that surfaced back in October

Coca will leave his role as head designer director for Céline's leather goods, accessories, shoes and jewellery – where he has been working since 2010 – to head the Mulberry design team.

"I very much look forward to joining Mulberry as their new creative director and to leading a new design direction at one of the very best British brands," said Coca – who will oversee all of Mulberry's collections, reporting to Godfrey Davis, chairman and chief executive officer. 

Davis noted that Coca ""Has a wealth of international luxury and fashion experience that will help us bring new energy and innovation to Mulberry." 

As well as his most recent role at Céline, Coca's C.V includes stints at Bally and Louis Vuitton in accessories, and he is also a talented jewellery designer. Mulberry's new creative director has also previously tutored students at Central St. Martins and is very respected in the industry.

The hire marks a new page for Mulberry – who have been searching for a creative director since Emma Hill's (pictured above) departure from the British fashion house in 2013. Coca will officially join the house on July 8 2015.