A three-step synopsis of two fashion house creative directors spearheading innovative and iconic design.
Creative Director, Salvatore Ferragamo
Manchester born and London based with Trinidadian-Jamaican heritage, Maximilian Davis graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2017. A rising designer, he worked under celebrated British-Jamaican fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner before launching his own label, Maximilian, in 2021. At age 26, Maximilian joined Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo in March 2022.
With impetus from nonprofit talent incubator Fashion East —which counts pop singers Rihanna and Dua Lipa as clients—Maximilian debuted his line, Maximilian, at the ICA Theatre for 2021 London Fashion Week. In 2022, he was nominated for the LVMH Prize, but later withdrew.
Maximilian is motivated by family heritage, specifically that of his Trinidadian grandmother and his own visits to the country, evidenced in his collection Scarlet Ibis, named after a native bird with allusions to Trinidad’s Carnival. Other references include West Indian and Creole depictions by 18th-century Italian painter Agostino Brunias, as well as the life of politician and abolitionist Jean-Baptiste Belley. These—among other stimuli—inform his vision to create designs that celebrate Black identity.
Creative Director, Bottega Veneta
Born in the fashion capital of Paris in 1984 and returning at age sixteen after military school in England, Matthieu Blazy later attended La Cambre design academy in Brussels. After interning briefly at Balenciaga, he went on to work at John Galliano, Raf Simons, Maison Margiela, CELINE, Bottega Veneta, and Calvin Klein before returning to Bottega Veneta as design director at the behest of parent company Kering. A year-and-a-half later, Matthieu was promoted to Creative Director.
Prior to this lead role, Matthieu was the right hand to former Creative Director Daniel Lee. Matthieu and his partner Pieter Mulier share a calling; Mulier is Creative Director of fashion brand Alaïa.
You won’t find Matthieu scrolling Instagram for trendy consumables—artisanal craft and an appreciation for superior materials fuels his love for timeless style. Matthieu’s solo Winter/Fall 2022 debut collection drew from Bottega Veneta’s luggage and handbag legacy, with creative explorations in leather.
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4 Salvatore Ferragamo stores are located within the Brookfield Properties portfolio, including Iconic Collection destinations: Ala Moana Center, Miami Design District, Grand Canal Shoppes, and Tysons Galleria.
5 Bottega Veneta stores are located within the Brookfield Properties portfolio, including Iconic Collection destinations: Ala Moana Center, Brookfield Place NY, The Shops at The Bravern, Tysons Galleria, and Miami Design District.