Caroline blevins '18
Bailey’s efforts to guide Burberry after resigning has certainly sparked Staples students attention. “I think Bailey staying in contact and closely working with the company is dangerous yet helpful,” Lucy Mather ’18 said. “I think his era was very trendy but who knows if he might copy or reuse previous designs that were so popular.”
Contrary to Mathers opinion, Dimitra Ippolito ’18 believes Bailey is doing a good deed; keeping up with the company that he ran for so long. “Considering Bailey is in the fashion industry and has been forever, I think him guiding the company for a little bit is a great idea,” Ippolito ’18 said. “If he wasn’t as amazing as he is, then Burberry would not be as successful as it is.”
After the announcement released, Bailey came to say what a great experience working at the fashion house had been.
"It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years. Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain," Bailey said.
Marco Gobbetti, Burberry CEO, glorified Bailey’s presence within the past few years and acknowledged the company’s success. "Burberry has undergone an incredible transformation since 2001 and Christopher has been instrumental to the company's success in that period,” Gobbetti said.
Staples student, Spencer Brockman ’18 believes Burberry’s huge success began back in 2016, when Burberry presented a combined collection of male and female styles. The pieces shown were expected in stores within the following months. “I hate not knowing and wondering what is in stores,” Spencer Brockman ’18 said. “I wish more fashion brands would follow in Burberry’s lead and present their ideas as a sneak peek before they are available for purchase.” After the fashion show, Burberry made some of the pieces available for purchase.
While Gobbetti is upset to see his partnership with Bailey go after many years of success, he announced he has high hopes for the company’s future. “While I am sad not to have the opportunity to partner with him for longer, the legacy he leaves and the exceptional talent we have at Burberry give me enormous confidence in our future," Gobbetti said.
Bryce Wood ’21 hopes to see the legacy Bailey has left continue to grow. “In the future, I hope to see Burberry stick to their roots and maintain what they have been making for years,” Wood ’21 said.
Samantha Pacillio ’19 agrees with Wood ’21, in that she admires Bailey’s legacy but she is excited to see what comes next. “Burberry is such a classic company and I think Bailey had a major impact on that. Although, in the future I’d like to see them take on a new idea. Maybe fashionable workout gear,” Pacillio ’19 said.
Some admire the classic Burberry look and others would like to see some change within the fashion house. Now, we’ll just have to wait and see who is hired in Bailey’s place.
Meghan Johnson ’18 hopes for the next president of Burberry to have a variety of characteristics, “I’d like to see someone who is creative, modern and different.”