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Christopher Bailey

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11 May 1971 (44 years)
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Chief creative and chief executive officer, Burberry Group

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Christopher Paul Bailey MBE (born 11 May 1971) is the chief creative and chief executive officer (CEO) of Burberry, and is responsible for creating and delivering the company's global vision and business strategy, including overseeing collections, brand imagery, product design, creative marketing, architecture, consumer technology and digital innovation. He took up the role of chief creative and CEO on 1 May 2014, following the departure of former CEO Angela Ahrendts.


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Early life and education

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Christopher Paul Bailey was born in Yorkshire, England, the son of a carpenter and a window dresser for Marks and Spencer. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with a master's degree in 1994, where he was later awarded an honorary fellowship in 2004 and, in 2013, an honorary doctorate.


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From 1994 to 1996 he was the womenswear designer at Donna Karan and senior designer of womenswear at Gucci in Milan from 1996 to 2001. He joined Burberry in May 2001 as design director and became creative director in 2004, and chief creative officer in November 2009.

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In 2008, Bailey, alongside Angela Ahrendts, established the Burberry Foundation, dedicated to helping young people realise their dreams and potential through the power of their creativity. The Burberry Foundation invests in select charities focused on supporting young people in the key cities in regions where the majority of Burberry employees live and work, and where they are able to participate in volunteer roles.

On 15 October 2013, Bailey was named as the next CEO of Burberry following Angela Ahrendts' departure to Apple in mid-2014. Bailey took up the role of chief creative and chief executive officer on 1 May 2014.

Bailey is credited with transforming the fortunes of the company, turning it into the luxury industry's digital leader and overseeing a reinvigoration of the company's design. Bailey masterminded the design of Burberry's largest store, 121 Regent Street in London, opened in 2012, a bricks-and-mortar incarnation of the brand's website. He also oversaw the design and development of the 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) Burberry Global Headquarters at Horseferry House in London, opened in 2009.

In July 2016, it was announced that Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Céline, would be the next CEO of Burberry, taking over from Bailey in 2017, who will be transitioning to role of President whilst also retaining the title of Chief Creative Officer. In July 2017, Gobbetti will replace Bailey as CEO.

Personal life

While in Milan, Bailey met and began dating Geert Cloet, brand designer for Miu Miu. He split his time between his home in Milan and England. When Cloet was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2004, he and Bailey moved to Yorkshire to be near Bailey's family. Cloet died the next year. Bailey has been in a relationship with British actor Simon Woods since 2009. In May 2014 Bailey became the first openly gay executive among FTSE 100 corporations.

Bailey is mentor to emerging British creative talent from UK institutions including the Royal College of Art and the University of Huddersfield.


  • 2004 – Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art where Bailey graduated from with an MA in 1994
  • 2005 – Designer of the Year, British Fashion Awards (UK)
  • 2006 – Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster, where Bailey graduated from with a BA in 1990
  • 2007 – Menswear Designer of the Year 2007, British Fashion Awards (UK)
  • 2007 – Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire
  • 2008 – Menswear Designer of the Year 2008, British Fashion Awards (UK)
  • 2009 – Designer of the Year, British Fashion Awards (UK)
  • 2009 – Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin
  • 2009 – Appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in HM Queen Elizabeth II Birthday 2009 Honours List for Services to the Fashion Industry
  • 2010 – International Award, Council of Fashion Designers of America
  • 2011 – Honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University, Yorkshire
  • 2013 – Menswear Designer of the Year 2013, British Fashion Awards (UK)
  • 2013 – Honorary doctorate from Royal College of Art, London
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