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Tapestry says Stuart Weitzman creative director is leaving, cites behavior

Tapestry Inc. said that Giovanni Morelli, the creative director of the Stuart Weitzman footwear brand, is leaving the company after his behavior "fell short" of its standards.

The company formerly known as Coach Inc. said Morelli resigned after a little more than a year in the position. The multibrand accessories and fashion company said it has started a search for a new creative leader for the brand.

"While we greatly admire Giovanni's creative talents, Tapestry is committed to an environment where every individual feels respected and at times his behavior fell short of those standards," Tapestry CEO Victor Luis said in a May 21 press release.

Morelli succeeded designer Stuart Weitzman, the brand's founder, as creative director on May 5, 2017.

A Tapestry spokeswoman declined further comment on Morelli's departure.

Stuart Weitzman is a relatively small part of Tapestry's brand portfolio, which also includes the Coach and Kate Spade brands. Its sales for the third quarter ended March 31 totaled $84 million out of Tapestry's consolidated sales of $1.32 billion.

The departure at Tapestry follows a series of other high-profile resignations at apparel and fashion companies related to allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Several executives at Nike Inc. have left the sports apparel and footwear retailer, most notably Nike brand president Trevor Edwards, in the wake of workplace complaints.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. CEO Laurent Potdevin resigned from the company in February. He "fell short" of Lululemon's standards of conduct, the company said.

Guess? Inc., meanwhile, said in February that it had formed a special committee to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against its co-founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Paul Marciano. Marciano "adamantly denies" the claims, the company said.