Bottega Veneta
by Stephen Garner
Matthieu Blazy photographed by Willy Vanderperre
Matthieu Blazy / Photo by Willy Vanderperre

Less than a week after the surprise departure of Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta, the Italian luxury brand has appointed Matthieu Blazy as creative director, effective immediately.

Born in Paris in 1984, Blazy is a graduate of La Cambre in Brussels. He started his fashion career as men’s designer for Raf Simons, before joining Maison Martin Margiela to design the ‘Artisanal’ line and the women’s ready-to-wear show. In 2014, he became senior designer at Céline, before working again with Raf Simons at Calvin Klein from 2016 to 2019. He was appointed ready-to-wear design director at Bottega Veneta in 2020. A French and Belgian national, he lives between Antwerp and Milan.

“Matthieu Blazy is an extraordinarily talented individual, whom I am proud and excited to entrust with the creative helm of our luxury House,” said Leo Rongone, CEO of Bottega Veneta. “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.”

“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,” added François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering. “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.”

Blazy will present his first collection for Bottega Veneta in February 2022.