Matthew Williamson




MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
Matthew Williamson
46, Hertford Street
W1J 7DP London, United Kingdom
P : +44 (0)207 491 6220
F : +44 (0)207 491 6252
COLLECTIONS :
Women’s RTW, Men’s RTW, M’s Acc., W’s Acc.
UPDATED : February 08 2014

Designer

Biography
Matthew Williamson was born October 23rd, 1971 in Chorlton, Manchester. He grew up and studied there until the age of 17, when he was offered a place on the Fashion Design degree course at Central St Martins College, London.

Matthew graduated Central St Martins in June 1994 with a BA 2:1 in Fashion Design and Printed Textiles. His first job following graduation was a freelance design project with Marni. Matthew was then employed by British fashion company, Monsoon and Accessorize.

Matthew Williamson Ltd was founded in February 1997 by designer, Matthew Williamson and business partner Joseph Velosa (C.E.O.).


Matthew’s debut show in September 1997 was called “Electric Angels” and included models, Jade Jagger, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Diane Kruger.

In February 2002 Matthew Williamson made the decision to show at New York Fashion week.

The Matthew Williamson first flagship store opened at 28 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London in March 2004.

Matthew won Elle Designer of the Year 2004 and was awarded the 2005 Moet and Chandon Fashion Tribute. He has also been nominated 3 times for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.

In 2005 Matthew Williamson took over as Creative Director at LVMH owned Italian house, Emilio Pucci, whilst continuing at the design helm of his namesake company. In September 2008 Matthew Williamson returned to London full time in order to focus fully on his own label’s forthcoming ventures and expansion.

In September 2007 Matthew Williamson was invited to celebrate the label’s 10th year anniversary through a one off show at London fashion week and an exhibition dedicated to his retrospective titled, “Matthew Williamson – 10 Years in Fashion” at the Design Museum, London.

Matthew Williamson continues to show his collections at New York Fashion week and will be launching the first Matthew Williamson US flagship store in New York in early 2009 located on W14th St in the meatpacking district. There will also be 2 further free standing stores opening in 2009, firstly in Dubai and then Kuwait.

Designer
Matthew Williamson

Label

Company profile
Matthew Williamson was born in 1971 in Chorlton, Manchester. He grew up and studied there until the age of 17, when he was offered a place on the Fashion Design degree course at Central St Martins College, London.

Graduating from Central St Martins in June 1994 with a BA in Fashion Design and Printed Textiles, his first job following graduation was a freelance design project with Marni. Matthew was then employed by British fashion company, Monsoon and Accessorize.

The luxury fashion house, Matthew Williamson, was founded in February 1997 by designer, Matthew Williamson and CEO, Joseph Velosa.


In September 1997 Matthew Williamson showed his infamous debut collection, ‘Electric Angels’, during London Fashion Week. Bias cut dresses and separates in exotic shades of tangerine, fuchsia and magenta were worn by models Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger. This unique collection of bright, intricately detailed pieces defined and set the pace for the highly recognisable Matthew Williamson signature aesthetic.

Following this initial show, Matthew Williamson’s collections have continued to gather momentum, cementing his reputation as an internationally renowned designer and one of the UK’s leading designer talents. In February 2002, Matthew showed for the first time during New York Fashion Week expanding opportunities within the press and attracting a wider audience commercially.

The award-winning Matthew Williamson flagship store first opened at 28 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London in March 2004.

In 2005 Matthew Williamson took over as Creative Director at LVMH owned Italian house, Emilio Pucci, whilst continuing at the design helm of his namesake company. In September 2008 Matthew Williamson returned to London full time in order to focus fully on his own label’s forthcoming ventures and expansion.

In August 2007 TSM Capital acquired an equity stake in Matthew Williamson Holdings Ltd. Baugur Group, which invested in the company in 2006, maintains a significant equity interest in the business. TSM Capital made the investment in collaboration with the Aronsson Group. Combined, Matthew Williamson and Joseph Velosa, the company’s founders, retain the majority stake in the company.

In September 2007 Matthew Williamson was invited to celebrate the label’s 10th year anniversary by returning to London fashion week for an anniversary show which included an exclusive performance by legendary artist, Prince. An exhibition dedicated to his retrospective titled, “Matthew Williamson – 10 Years in Fashion” was also held at the Design Museum, London.

Matthew Williamson won the Red Carpet Designer of the Year at the 2008 British Fashion Awards; previously having been awarded Elle Designer of the Year in 2004 and the 2005 Moet and Chandon Fashion Tribute Award. He has also been nominated 3 times for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.

The luxury fashion house now produces 4 women’s wear collections annually and currently has a customer portfolio which includes 170 prestigious wholesale accounts around the world and also has an award-winning flagship store on Bruton Street, London. Matthew Williamson opened its first US flagship store located at 413, West 14th Street, New York in February 2009, accompanied by a further stand alone retail store in the Dubai Mall, Dubai, in April 2009.

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Management
Joseph Velosa



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Contacts
Customer Service Representative
Ilaria Rossi
sales@matthewwilliamson.co.uk
P : + 44 (207) 491 6220

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Contacts
Matthew Williamson
46 Hertford Street
W1J 7DP London,

Presse & PR contact

Peixi Lim
P : +44 (0)20 7491 6220
peixi@matthewwilliamson.co.uk

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