“He is already familiar with our house and he will bring his modern vision and great professionalism to Louis Vuitton’s creations,” she said.
Spaziani holds a masters degree in fashion from London’s Central Saint Martins, and a B.A. from the London College of Fashion.
According to his LinkedIn profile, during his first stint at Vuitton he worked under artistic director Marc Jacobs and was responsible for leather goods, textiles and jewelry for the Vuitton men’s line, including runway.
Details of Spaziani’s new role could not immediately be learned, but it is understood he will work on products for women and men.
The key hire — and thrust into hyper-luxury — is the latest signal of a more elitist direction for Vuitton, which is eager to burnish its brand positioning and leadership amidst cooling luxury demand in many markets.
At an analysts’ presentation earlier this year, Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Delphine’s father, boasted that Vuitton’s leather craftsmanship is unmatched.
“In some cases, Louis Vuitton has no competitors capable of producing the same quality of leather goods,” he asserted, adding it was vital to heighten its “quality lead” and provide “superior” customer service in stores.
Spaziani’s appointment also telegraphs that Delphine Arnault, previously deputy general manager at Christian Dior, is capitalizing on the network of talents she has scouted over the years, and her rapport with creative people.
As reported, Arnault was said to be a driving force behind LVMH’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in London-based Nicholas Kirkwood, a rising star on the women’s footwear scene.
Vuitton is also leveraging her expertise in accessories and high-end leather goods, as Arnault learned the ins and outs of those metiers at the elbow of Dior ceo Sidney Toledano over the past five years.
Arnault is second in command at Vuitton, arriving roughly nine months after Michael Burke, formerly chairman and ceo of Bulgari and Fendi, took the management helm of LVMH’s cash-cow brand.
Burke has already been ramping up the luxury quotient in Vuitton’s retail network. For example, two key European flagships that opened earlier this year, in Venice and Munich, are located in historic buildings, loaded with cultural displays and art works, and offer a number of personalized services.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast