Matthieu Blazy has some big shoes to fill. Following Daniel Lee’s surprise departure, Bottega Veneta has appointed the 37-year-old fashion designer as their new creative director. After just a three year stint, Lee has passed the torch to Blazy, who will helm the Italian legacy brand “with immediate effect.”
The announcement comes as a major surprise to many, as Lee’s sudden exit followed a triumphant runway return for it’s Salon 03 ready-to-wear presentation. However, we can expect exciting things from Blazy; the Paris-born designer has served as Lee’s right-hand man since 2020, as well as the former deputy of notable designers, including the likes of John Galliano, Raf Simons and Phoebe Philo. Taking over a brand who Kering is seeking to grow into menswear, one can expect a deeper venture into tailored craftsmanship and the brand’s signature house codes – each with a modern and refined twist.
Leo Rongone, CEO of Bottega Veneta, has high hopes for Blazy’s future at the Italian luxury house. “Matthieu Blazy is an extraordinarily talented individual, whom I am proud and excited to entrust with the creative helm of our luxury house,” he says. “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.”
For fashion lovers, we won’t have to wait long to see Blazy in action, as his first collection will be showcased in February 2022. We’re looking forward to seeing what Matthieu Blazy has to offer for the brand!