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After a 20-year-long stint at Gucci, including seven years at the helm, fashion designer Alessandro Michele is bowing out. “Gucci is suffering from brand fatigue as Alessandro Michele has been doing more of the same for seven years,” Luca Solca, analyst at Bernstein, told the Financial Times. 🌎 In 2019, Gucci decided to go carbon neutral. May you always live by your passions, propelled by the wind of freedom” -Alessandro MicheleAdvertisementRelated stories🤔 What’s wrong with Gucci? 🖼️ The creative head at Gucci landed his job with a mood board🤑 When did customers of luxury brands get so young?2 months ago Quartz