Mary Katrantzou named Bulgari’s first creative director of leather goods

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Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, who became famous in the late aughts and 2010s for her ornate, colorful, pattern-heavy designs, has joined Bulgari as its first-ever creative director of leather goods and accessories.

According to wmagazine, she will create a range of products for the fashion house, from everyday accessories like leather bags to one-of-a-kind and special high-jewelry pieces.

Katrantzou has been know for her skills with prints, textiles, and maximalist adornments. Jewelry and accessories, too, have always been highlighted in the designer’s work.

Katrantzou has collaborated with Longchamp on a range of bags, as well as Adidas on both clothes and sneakers. She also worked with Bulgari in 2021, feeling a connection to the brand, if only because she shares Greek heritage with its founder, Sotirio Bulgari.

Photo: marykatrantzou.com

 Two years after the jewelry brand lent out pieces for Katrantzou’s show at the Temple of Poseidon in Athens, they invited her to design some pieces for a capsule collection. The result was a range of bags by Katrantzou, inspired by Bulgari’s iconic serpent motif. Now, she will take that experience to the next level.

“It’s a new chapter, and being around a completely different culture than my own company has been so inspiring,” Katrantzou said, according to Vogue. “The speed with which an idea can be realized and a prototype can be made is extremely rewarding for any creative.”

Katrantzou’s first pieces for Bulgari will be available in stores this August. 

Source: wmagazine

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