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Matthieu Blazy of Bottega Veneta takes craftsmanship in new directions

A Thursday evening in the spring in San Marco, Venice The Hotel Danieli, near the square, woke up, brought to life in dazzling evening gowns as twilight fell on its windows. Women in yellow suits and pretty draped dresses move between furniture. The men wore funny shoes on stone floors and old-world rugs. Travelers are charismatic, restless, and allegations of misconduct spill over to the canal’s edge. Venice, the unchanging city, seems to be bound by a new energy.

Matthieu Blazy of Bottega Veneta, who seems to have come out of nowhere, spins down the hotel’s main staircase and heads for the crowd below. He was tall, with short light brown hair, and wore a loose tan summer suit—double-breasted, open, with rolled up sleeves—over a black T-shirt. His shoes are soft woven leather, and his demeanor is sober confidence. At the end of last year, in 014, Blazy has been named creative director of Bottega Veneta, the most famous fashion house in this windy and tasteful region of northeastern Italy, after his career seemed to many to be a hidden Games in sight. (As the artist Sterling Ruby, who worked closely with Blazy, put it, “I just thought: it’s about time.”) After leaving school, he was hired by Raf Simons and went on to work at Maison Martin Margiela and Céline, where he made his mark on the market Known for his pragmatic understanding and interest in ambitious art. While many young designers have been appointed to high-level positions, Blazy seems to be the perpetual sidekick, gathering authority with startling small gestures outside the public eye.

Both times were good

Blazy’s Bottega Veneta debut had a lively wearability, including a jacket cut like a shirt and slender trousers. Models Mamuor Awak and Riam wear Bottega Veneta shirts, pants, boots and earrings.

by Rafael Pavarotti, Vogue

, September 2018.

Before taking the helm at Bottega Veneta, Blazy was its design director — the No. 2 post came after Daniel Lee, who left abruptly last year, and said his work habits were almost Nothing changed with promotion. (“I like working in teams,” he says, “not me confronting products and giving opinions.”) His taste is thoughtful, safe, but he’s used to leaving them behind like hidden bouquets , the more the better to hear what others have to say; among creative directors, he is known for being transparent, approachable, and popular. “The way he works is kind of egalitarian,” says artist Anne Collier, who designs fragrances with Blazy. “He’s not a megalomaniac or an overly narcissist or a superheroine or anything like that.” Simmons: “I think Mathieu is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met in my life.”

He turns out to be a tough guy to keep up with too. As Danieli’s crowd grew, he suddenly disappeared and walked out the hotel’s small side door, where a water taxi roared and waited. It was a cool night and some low clouds over the port had already started to rain. At Punta della Dogana, an oddly triangular outcrop that was once home to the Venetian customs, he docks and scrambles to a building that houses the art collection museum of François Pinault, whose company Kering acquired Bottega Veneta Early 2001s. It’s the eve of the Venice Biennale, and Bottega is hosting a dinner for important guests — the only time the museum has been emptied for such a dinner. There was the refreshing atmosphere of an inauguration that evening: a luxury group introduced its newest, long-hidden prince.