French luxury conglomerate Kering has appointed Mathieu Blazzi as Bottega Veneta’s creative director, it said on Monday, tapping an insider as it moved quickly to fill the position following the surprise departure of Danielle Lee last week .
A ready-to-wear designer for an upscale Italian label since last year, Blazy worked her way up the fashion ranks, gaining experience at labels including Raf Simons, Maison Margiela and Calvin Klein, and was senior designer at Celine in 2014.
“I am confident that Matthew Blaisy’s experience and broad cultural background will allow him to bring his creative momentum to further Bottega Veneta’s legacy,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s Chief Executive and President.
The industry was shocked by Lee’s departure, announced last week.
The 35-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate, who had been recruited three years ago to show interest in the brand with a younger audience, is credited with raising its profile and sales growth, creating popular accessories including cushioned leather clutch handbags and slips are given. on the heel.
Kering has a history of recruiting from its own ranks, fueling the popularity of its star Gucci brand by naming a relatively unknown assistant designer, Alessandro Michele, from within that brand as creative director in 2015.
Along with the larger French luxury peers, the group has seen a strong sales recovery this year from the coronavirus crisis.
Born in 1984, Blazy graduated from the design school La Cambre in Brussels. His first collection will be released in February 2022.
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