RUFFO TAPS ALEXANDRE MATTHIEU TEAM

MILAN — Ruffo Research has another new team at its design helm.
In keeping with its policy of rotating designers, Ruffo has named Alexandre Morgado and Matthieu Bureau, the Paris-based duo behind the Alexandre Matthieu label, to succeed Sophia Kokosalaki.
“Ruffo Research is a platform for young designers and, in order to make the project evolve, our criteria is to find designers that have a strong feel for leather but that interpret it in different ways,” said Joy Yaffe, Ruffo’s director of sales and marketing. “[Alexandre and Matthieu] are very talented. I loved their leather jewelry and couture details and I’m sure they will inject a good dose of humor into the line.”
Morgado and Bureau, 25 and 26 respectively, first stirred the fashion pot when they were awarded the prestigious Festival International des Arts de la Mode prize, held annually in Hyeres, France, two years ago. But they really got things bubbling when Bjork wore one of their dresses to the Cannes Film Festival last May. Their first Ruffo Research collection will be for spring-summer 2002.

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