Former Creative Director of Belstaff, Michele Malenotti Dies At 42

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The sudden passing of Michele Malenotti, the former Creative Director of luxury fashion brand Belstaff, at the young age of 42 has left the fashion industry in shock and mourning.

According to press and police sources, Malenotti was driving home from a game of padel with pals at 3 a.m. on Saturday when he lost control of the vehicle in a roundabout near Venice and Treviso.

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His lifelong interest was motorcycles, which he inherited from his father, Franco Malenotti, the chairman of Matchless London, a heritage British motorbike and clothing brand. The Malenotti family acquired the legendary company, which includes classic motorcycle jackets such as the “Osborne,” “Notting Hill,” and “Kensington,” worn by Gerard Butler, Daniel Craig, Samuel L. Jackson, Harrison Ford, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, and Cara Delevingne.

Malenotti was known for his innovative and avant-garde designs that revitalized the iconic brand, taking it to new heights of success during his tenure.  His unique vision and creative direction were instrumental in shaping Belstaff’s aesthetic and identity, making him a respected figure within the industry.

The loss of such a talented individual at such a young age is truly tragic, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of designers. Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and colleagues during this difficult time.


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