Berluti has announced Kris Van Assche as its new artistic director, succeeding Haider Ackermann, who announced that he is leaving the French fashion house on March 30.

The Belgian designer, who recently exited Dior Homme after 11 years at the creative helm, will present his first collection for Berluti in January 2019 as head of shoes, leather goods, ready-to-wear and accessories collections.

Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti, said that he was “delighted” to welcome Van Assche to the brand: “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 via a statement on Instagram. “I have always wanted to build bridges between the savoir-faire, the heritage of a house and my clear-cut contemporary vision,” adds Kris Van Assche. “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. I would also like to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for his renewed confidence.”

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