Giovanni Morelli Resigns from Stuart Weitzman as Company Cites “Inappropriate Behaviour”

Giovanni Morelli has left his post as creative director at Stuart Weitzman after just one year in the footwear company.

Morelli, who joined the brand in May 2017, behaved inappropriately and violated company policies, parent Tapestry Inc. said on Monday.

“While we greatly admire Giovanni’s creative talents, Tapestry is committed to an environment where every individual feels respected and at times his behaviour fell short of these standards,” said Tapestry chief executive Victor Luis. The company said a search for Morelli’s replacement is underway.

Stuart Weitzman, which was acquired by Tapestry in 2015 for $574 million, reported a slowdown in sales in the most recent quarter due to production problems and what Luis described as a “lack of freshness” in design and style. The brand represents around six percent of the company’s total sales.

This is the second time this year that Stuart Weitzman has had inappropriate behaviour problem. In January, the brand said it would stop working on its campaigns with photographer Mario Testino after reports of his sexual misconduct were published by the New York Times. Luxury companies such as Burberry, Michael Kors, and Condé Nast also severed ties with Testino.