By  on June 14, 2018

MILAN — Tomas Maier is leaving Bottega Veneta, a brand that he has helped shape and elevate for 17 years, and market sources point to Craig Green and Phoebe Philo among the contenders to succeed him.Parent company Kering did not name a successor on Wednesday, but sources reason that the brand would benefit from a high-profile designer, as the company plots a turnaround after losing steam in recent years.Green, who will stage his first show as guest men's wear designer at Pitti Uomo on Thursday night, is a top candidate for the job, according to industry sources. A London's men's wear star with a business brain, the award-winning Green has collaborated in past seasons with Moncler and is taking part in the Moncler Genius project.Last year, pieces from his fall 2015 collection appeared in Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant." Actors wore Green’s hand-twisted jersey, long johns, skintight clothing and quilted vests in the movie.

The designer has been on Kering's radar for a while: A year ago he was a candidate for the creative director's role at Brioni, which Nina-Maria Nitsche eventually filled.

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