BREAKING: Berluti Confirms Kris Van Assche As New Creative Director

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PARIS — It’s official! Former Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche is now the new creative director at Berluti, succeeding Haider Ackermann in the role. The news confirms our original story which we posted Monday April 2 (see it here).

This is the latest shake-up in the top design ranks at parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Van Assche left Dior Homme last month (see it here). Former Louis Vuitton‘s menswear artistic director Kim Jones was named Dior Homme‘s new artistic director (see it here). LVMH  has hired Off-White‘s founder and designer Virgil Abloh to lead men’s design at the Louis Vuitton (see it here). He becomes Louis Vuitton’s first African-American artistic director, and one of the few black designers at the top of a French heritage house.

The Belgian designer (Van Assche) will show his first collection for Berluti in January as head of shoes, leather goods, ready-to-wear and accessories collections at the brand.

Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti, said he was “delighted” to welcome Van Assche to the house. “I have known him for several years, have always admired his work at Dior Homme and I am looking forward to working with him,” the executive said in a statement.

Van Assche thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH — and father of Antoine Arnault — for his renewed confidence.

I have always wanted to build bridges between the savoir-faire, the heritage of a house and my clear-cut contemporary vision. Antoine Arnault spoke to me of his ambitions for Berluti and it is with great pleasure that I accept this new challenge which fits perfectly with my own will and vision,” the designer said.

Van Assche worked under Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme before rising to the top design post in 2007. A graduate of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Van Assche moved to Paris in 1998 and was part of Slimane’s team at Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Homme before joining him at Dior Homme.

Today, Berluti counts 52 boutiques worldwide and 23 wholesale accounts, and offers a bespoke service through its workshops on rue Marbeuf and rue de Sèvres.

The brand was founded in 1895 by a transplanted Italian and is famous for such celebrity clients as Andy Warhol, Pierre Bergé, Jean Cocteau, Alain Delon, Dean Martin and Yves Saint Laurent. LVMH acquired Berluti in 1993, adding leather goods in 2005 and a complete clothing collection in 2011.


Photos Credit:  Kim Weston Arnold /

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