After more than a decade of design experience at Z Zegna and Berluti, in June 2016 Sartori returned to family-run Italian luxury giant Ermenegildo Zegna Group as artistic director, a newly-created role in which he oversees all Zegna brands and creative functions at the world’s largest luxury menswear brand.
Sartori was born in Trivero, Italy, and grew up spending time in his mother’s dressmaking workshop. He studied fashion design at Istituto Marangoni Milano, graduating in 1989. Sartori first joined Zegna fresh out of design school, left, came back and spent eight years at the creative helm of Z Zegna, from 2003 to 2011.
In 2011, he joined Berluti, the Paris-based menswear brand founded in 1895 and acquired by LVMH in 2003, as artistic director. During his five-year tenure, the LVMH-owned company’s annual revenues grew from less than €30 million in 2011 to more than €100 million in 2016. Sartori built up Berluti’s ready-to-wear business from scratch, evolving the brand from a stiff, historic leather shoemaker into a modern lifestyle label with over 40 boutiques across the globe.
In June 2016, Sartori returned to Zegna, days after the departure of Stefano Pilati , former head of design for Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. His appointment as the Group’s first artistic director marked the first time so much power from different parts of the company is being amalgamated under one person.
With over 500 monobrand stores, Ermenegildo Zegna is, by far, the largest luxury menswear brand in the world. The company generated €1.2 billion in revenue in 2014, the last year for which figures were available, and counts Greater China as its biggest single market — accounting for roughly a third of total revenue in 2014 — presenting Sartori with a challenge, in the form of the country’s economic slowdown and waning demand among luxury consumers