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Guillaume Meilland

Design Director, Men’s Ready-to-Wear, Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo’s menswear design director is reinvigorating the Florentine fashion house.


Guillaume Meilland is the design director of men's ready-to-wear at Salvatore Ferragamo, reinvigorating the Florentine fashion house following Massimiliano Giornetti’s departure as the brand’s creative director.

Meilland’s career took off after finishing a degree at ESMOD Paris, cutting his teeth designing menswear for Louis Vuitton in 2002. He subsequently took over men’s sportswear design for Yves Saint Laurent and then went to Lanvin, where he worked for eight years as senior menswear designer.

Meilland’s appointment at Ferragamo in November 2016 followed an interim period after Massimiliano Giornetti’s 16-year stint at the fashion house. Meilland joined Fulvio Rigoni and Paul Andrew , who were appointed design director for womenswear and footwear respectively. The trio are tasked with reviving the brand in a departure from a single creative director in charge of the three divisions.

“The designer has found his place in the Ferragamo world — and a place for his Ferragamo man in the wider world beyond the house. He is a man who does not scream fashion, nor does he want to. He is classic, in a resolutely contemporary way. He is understated yet lively,” said BoF contributor Angelo Flaccavento  of Meilland’s second collection for the house.


Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Design Director, Men’s Ready-to-Wear

2016 - Present

Florence, Italy



Senior Menswear Designer

2008 - 2016

Paris, France

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Men's Sportswear Designer

2007 - 2008

Paris, France

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Menswear Designer

Paris, France

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