MATTHIEU BLAZY IN AT BOTTEGA VENETA
Less than a week since the fashion industry was left surprised at Daniel Lee’s shock departure from Bottega Veneta, the Milanese brand has announced his successor. Matthieu Blazy, who has been the ready-to-wear design director at Bottega Veneta since 2020, has been promoted to creative director, set to debut his first collection at the helm of the brand in February 2020.
The 37-year-old has a pretty impressive CV behind him. A graduate of La Cambre in Brussels, Blazy began his career as a menswear designer for Raf Simons, going on to work for Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisinal line, before joining Celine under Phoebe Philo as senior designer in 2014. Living between Milan and Antwerp, the designer had a stint working for Simons again under his tenure at Calvin Klein until 2019, before joining Bottega Veneta a year after.
Leo Rongone, CEO of Bottega Veneta, said: “Matthieu Blazy is an extraordinarily talented individual, whom I am proud and excited to entrust with the creative helm of our luxury House. Bottega Veneta has always been equated with signature craftsmanship and distinctive creativity. Matthieu’s appointment will further enhance the modern relevance of our brand and accelerate our growth, while preserving the values that are at the core of Bottega Veneta.”
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman & CEO of Kering, seconds this, stating: “The very solid foundations, specific codes and unique identity of Bottega Veneta enable us to nurture great ambitions for the future of this luxury House. I am confident that Matthieu Blazy’s wealth of experience and broad cultural background will allow him to bring his creative impetus to the task of carrying on the legacy of Bottega Veneta.”
A massive congratulations, Matthieu!
Portrait by Willy Vanderperre.