Handbags and shoes on Celine's spring 2017 runway.

NEW RECRUIT: Céline, which is hunting for a new chief executive officer and recently saw its number two leave to take up the management helm of sister fashion house Loewe, has tapped a senior product executive, WWD has learned.

Word has it Nathalie Marrec has joined Céline to head up accessories, the linchpin category for the French brand, owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and powered by creative director Phoebe Philo.

Marrec had spent the last five years at Saint Laurent, working alongside Hedi Slimane in Los Angeles as director of women’s ready-to-wear.

Before that, she was deputy general manager at Balenciaga which, like Saint Laurent, is part of French luxury conglomerate Kering.

Marrec could not immediately be reached for comment.

It is understood she takes up some of the responsibilities previously handled by Pascale Lepoivre, who managed the entire product operation at Céline before becoming ceo of Loewe last September.

Céline’s current ceo, Marco Gobbetti, is to exit Céline and join Burberry as ceo sometime in 2017. His successor has yet to be named.

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