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Haider Ackermann Named New Creative Director Of Berluti

Sep 01, 2016 10:01 AM EDT
Haider Ackermann
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Haider Ackermann has been named the new creative director of Berluti.

Rumors about the Colombian fashion designer heading to the LVMH-owned menswear label began circulating last month.

In a statement, Ackermann said he was honored to join Berluti's team and that the house "stands for the essence of luxury menswear, and embracing this new adventure inspires me."

Ackermann will replace Alessandro Sartori, who left Berluti earlier this year to join Ermenegildo Zegna as the Italian fashion house's artistic director.

"I am sure that his vision will bring a unique opportunity to Berluti," Antoine Arnault, LVMH's chief executive, told the New York Times.

Ackermann launched his eponymous womenswear label in 2003 and then added a menswear component to it 10 years later in 2013. The designer is slated to show his first collection for Berluti during the fall/winter 2017 menswear shows in Paris in January.

"Everyone was expecting me to do womenswear, so I wanted to do something else. I have another story to tell. It just felt right. Like having a new lover. Men's is a very interesting world nowadays because the customer wants more of an individual identity. But he also wants timeless, so you are always balancing on that line," Ackermann told the New York Times.

According to WWD, Arnault met Ackermann before the start of summer and realized they both shared the same idea of what luxury is.

"We very quickly agreed on one vision. He had a lot of knowledge about Berluti, and a lot of knowledge about the market, and he had a lot of respect for our savoir-faire. His idea of luxury was the same as ours," Arnault said.

"I like his composure, I like his ideas. I like what he showed me as the project, and I thought it was very modern and very relevant," he added.

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