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Haider Ackermann Exits Berluti

The Colombian designer is departing the LVMH-owned brand after three seasons.
Haider Ackermann | Photo: Mark Abrahams, courtesy of Berluti
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  • Kati Chitrakorn

PARIS, FranceHaider Ackermann, the artistic director at Berluti, is leaving the LVMH-owned men's fashion house after three seasons.

"Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti's collections and image these past few seasons. I want to thank him for everything he has accomplished since his arrival," said Antoine Arnault, chief executive of Berluti.

Haider Ackermann added: "I am immensely proud to have been able to put my creativity at the service of this house with an exceptional know-how, whilst working with a passionate team. I thank them for their commitment."

Berluti is expected to name a successor shortly, with insiders suggesting Kris Van Assche could take up the reins.

The announcement follows a series of changes on the men's side of LVMH, including the appointment of Kim Jones as artistic director of ready-to-wear and accessory collections at Dior Homme, replacing Van Assche who is expected to stay within the group, and the appointment of Virgil Abloh as men's artistic director at Louis Vuitton. Earlier this year, Hedi Slimane was named as artistic, creative and image director at Céline, where he will launch menswear.

Ackermann studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and launched his eponymous label in 2003. His layered, draped designs, which draw on diverse global cultures as inspiration, have earned him fans including Tilda Swinton and Kanye West — and a reputation for rich but modern dressing.

Berluti was founded in 1895 as a luxury shoemaker and was acquired by LVMH in 1993. The brand launched leather goods in 2005, followed by ready-to-wear in 2011, with collections spanning from bespoke tailoring, to more casual bomber jackets and sneakers.

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