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Sabato De Sarno appointed creative director of Gucci

Kering announced on January 28 that Sabato De Sarno will assume the role of creative director for the Gucci house. De Sarno will present his debut runway collection at Milan Women’s Fashion Week in September 2023.

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In his new role, De Sarno will lead the house’s Design Studio, and will report to Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci. He will be responsible for “defining and expressing the house’s creative vision across the women’s, men’s, leather goods, accessories and lifestyle collections,” according to a press release.


Raised in Naples, Italy, De Sarno began his career at Prada in 2005, before moving to Dolce & Gabbana, and then joining Valentino in 2009, where he held positions of increasing responsibility. He was finally appointed fashion director at Valentino, overseeing both men’s and women’s collections.

“I am delighted that Sabato will join Gucci as the house’s new Creative Director, one of the most influential roles in the luxury industry,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci.

“Having worked with a number of Italy’s most renowned luxury fashion houses, he brings with him a vast and relevant experience. I am certain that through Sabato’s deep understanding and appreciation for Gucci’s unique legacy, he will lead our creative teams with a distinctive vision that will help write this exciting next chapter, reinforcing the House’s fashion authority while capitalizing on its rich heritage.”

De Sarno will start in his new position as soon as he will have completed all his obligations in his current role.

“I am deeply honored to take on the role as creative director of Gucci,” said De Sarno. “I am proud to join a house with such an extraordinary history and heritage, that over the years has been able to welcome and cherish values I believe in. I am touched and excited to contribute my creative vision for the brand.”

De Sarno replaces Alessandro Michele, who departed from the top design role at Gucci, in November.