Following Daniel Lee’s abrupt departure from Bottega Veneta, the model’s design director, Matthieu Blazy, is to succeed Lee because the artistic director with quick impact. The brand new incumbent will current his first assortment for the Italian label in February 2022.
Thought of a hidden determine, Blazy isn’t extensively recognized amongst customers however he has constructed a repute throughout the vogue group. Insiders acquired to know his works by way of his stints are numerous labels, most notably for being the deputy of Raf Simons at his namesake model and at Clavin Kleins. He additionally labored for Celine when Phoebe Philo was on the helm of the model together with Lee. Moreover, Blazy was answerable for Maison Margiela‘s couture line, Artisanal for 4 years.
Having labored beneath Philo, Blazy shares an analogous sense of fashion with Lee and it’s anticipated that the present aesthetic of the model that the previous artistic director has created stays albeit with slight alterations. Blazy joined Bottega Venetta final 12 months.
The shift appointment of the model’s new artistic director highlights the will of Bottega Venetta and its father or mother firm Kering in making certain continuity on the model. The transfer additionally follows earlier appointments such because the promotion of Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and Alessandro Michele at Gucci to be the artistic director of the respective manufacturers.
“That is completely within the fashion of Kering and it’s all the time a lovely message for the group, to supply the chance to develop in such a difficult atmosphere as that of design,” mentioned Giovanna Brambilla, a accomplice at Milan-based government search agency Worth Search.
The message that Kering is conveying is one in every of evolution relatively than revolution, and that is seen with Saint Laurent. After Heidi Slimane’s departure, his successor Anthony Vaccarello maintained the monochrome templates however launched a extra female interpretation of the model’s archives.
“Matthieu Blazy is a very gifted particular person, whom I’m proud and excited to entrust with the artistic helm of our luxurious home,” mentioned Leo Rongone, CEO of the corporate in a press release. “Bottega Veneta has all the time been equated with signature craftsmanship and distinctive creativity. Matthieu’s appointment will additional improve the trendy relevance of our model and speed up our development, whereas preserving the values which can be on the core of Bottega Veneta.”
Within the current Q3 monetary outcomes, natural revenues on the home rose 8.9 per cent year-over-year. And final 12 months, Bottega Veneta was the one model beneath Kering with breakout gross sales — it grew 4.8 per cent regardless of the affect of the pandemic on the posh sector.
“The very stable foundations, particular codes and distinctive id of Bottega Veneta allow us to nurture nice ambitions for the way forward for this luxurious home,” Kering’s CEO François-Henri Pinault mentioned in a press release. “I’m assured that Matthieu Blazy’s wealth of expertise and broad cultural background will permit him to deliver his artistic impetus to the duty of carrying on the legacy of Bottega Veneta.”
Different strikes within the vogue business embody Versace CEO, Johnathan Akeroyd, becoming the new head of British luxury brand Burberry come April 2022. Previous to Versace, Akeryod was CEO of one other British luxurious model, Alexander McQueen — which can be a part of the identical father or mother firm as Bottega Veneta, Kering.
For extra Enterprise of Luxurious reads, click on here.