Christopher Bailey is well aware of Burberry’s strengths – with almost 40 per cent of its revenue coming from accessories – and so, ahead of a summer of executive movement, he’s shoring up that area; hiring an accessories specialist from the Dior fold. Sabrina Bonesi. She will become design director of leather goods and shoes – a new role, and oversee the bags, shoes and accessories for both the men’s and women’s collections.
Bonesi is not the only new girl in team Burberry this year; just over a month ago the company recruited one of Net-a-Porter’s co-founders, Claudia Plant, also in to a newly created role. Plant will serve as senior vice president, brand experience: a role that will see her work to “bring fashion and products to life for customers, and help to establish a strong editorial voice that will support brand and product initiatives”.