When Daniel Lee announced his departure as Bottega Veneta’s creative director, it was sudden and unexpected news. Within the next couple of days however, the brand appointed a member from its in-house team to take on the creative director position.
Matthieu Blazy was recently welcomed into the highly esteemed role. The 37-year-old boasts an impressive CV – a graduate of La Cambre in Brussels, Blazy began his career designing menswear for Raf Simons, before heading to Maison Martin Margiela to design the ‘Artisanal’ line and the women’s ready-to-wear. He was named senior designer at Celine in 2014, working alongside Phoebe Philo and Daniel Lee. He later returned to work with Raf Simmons at Calvin Klein, then joined Bottega Veneta as ready-to-wear designer in 2020.
Leo Rongone, the CEO of Bottega Veneta, commented, “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.”
WWD, found that in 2020, “sales were up 4.8 percent in comparable terms despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In the third quarter of 2021, organic revenues at the house rose 8.9 percent year-over-year.”