As one of Puig’s first moves since the acquisition of a majority stake of Dries Van Noten back in 2018, the Spanish company appointed Italian Matteo De Rosa as the fashion brand’s latest President, effective February 1st.
De Rosa brings a wealth of experience to the role, which includes six years at renowned global retailer Ports 1961 (where he also held the title of Managing Director during his tenure) and his experience at Australian luxury group Kennedy, where he was Managing Director of fashion and lifestyle.
In a statement, the brand explained that his inherent ability to operate seamlessly over cross-cultural environments alongside his broad experience in executive roles in both Europe and the Asia Pacific region with a specific focus on business and brand expansion, make Matteo De Rosa the perfect candidate for the position.
More importantly, “he has a genuine respect and understanding of the creative process and mindset, together with a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of a fashion house,” explained the brand. “This strategic new hire affirms Dries Van Noten and its position as an ever-evolving luxury fashion house on a global scale.”
Renowned as one of the most successful members of the celebrated Antwerp Six, Dries Van Noten started his label back in 1986. Thanks to his avant-garde aesthetics and stylistic daring, the designer took the fashion industry by storm.
In an official statement, Van Noten explained: “I have been searching for a strong partner for the company which I have built for more than thirty years. I am especially happy that Antwerp and my team will remain at the company’s heart and centre. Our relationship with our customers is a cherished one and will only benefit from this enhanced vision. Together, we are now ready to realize our dreams.”