Alber Elbaz
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Swiss luxury conglomerate Richemont (that owns Azzedine Alaïa, Chloé, Cartier and Yoox Net-a-Porter group, among other brands) has announced its newly inked partnership with Alber Elbaz, the former Lanvin artistic director. Since abruptly leaving Lanvin in 2015, the well-loved designer has been largely out of the fashion scene, save for a couple of collaborations—LeSportSac, Frédéric Malle and Tod’sthat left fans wanting more.

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Called AZ Fashion, the joint venture will be “an innovative and dynamic startup, meant to turn dreams into reality,” according to a release. “Upon hearing Alber Elbaz describe his vision for fashion and the projects it inspires in him, I was again struck by his creativity and insight,” Richemont chairman Johann Rupert stated. “His talent and inventiveness, with his sensitivity towards women and their well-being, will be of great value to our group and its maisons. We warmly welcome Alber to Richemont and look forward to an exciting partnership.”

“I am very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish my ‘dream factory’, which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times,” Elbaz said. “I am extremely excited to collaborate with good people, talented and smart individuals and look forward to also having a lot of fun with this new adventure.”

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Elbaz made women feel beautiful, confident, and happy with his fresh yet timeless creations during his 14-year tenure at Lanvin, and we can only look forward to the magic that he’ll bring to the industry once again.

Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on this exciting partnership.

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