Following the announcement of Daniel Lee leaving the creative helm at Bottega Veneta, the Italian luxury brand has named Lee’s successor — Matthieu Blazy. He will take over the creative direction with immediate effect.

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

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François-Henri Pinault, Chairman & CEO of Kering, stated: “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. 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.”

A graduate of La Cambre in Brussels, Blazy was born in Paris in 1984. The 37-year-old first cut his teeth in fashion with Raf Simons as the Men’s Designer. He then became a designer at Maison Martin Margiela for the ‘Artisanal’ line and the Women’s RTW show.

In 2014, he became Senior Designer at Céline, before reuniting with Raf Simons again at Calvin Klein.

He was appointed RTW Design Director at Bottega Veneta in 2020. His first collection for Bottega Veneta will be presented in February 2022.