Top image: courtesy of Berluti / photography by Paolo Roversi.

Berluti has confirmed that Kris Van Assche will take the creative helm following the departure of Haider Ackermann last week.

In charge of shoes, leather goods, ready-to-wear and accessories collections, the former Dior Homme-designer will present his first collection during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January 2019.

“I have always wanted to build bridges between the savoir-faire, the heritage of a house and my clear-cut contemporary vision,” said 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.”

“I am delighted to welcome Kris Van Assche to Berluti,” said Antoine Arnault, CEO of 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.”

This news marks the latest reshuffle by LVMH; in the past month or so we’ve seen Hedi Slimane join Céline, Kim Jones succeed Van Assche at Dior Homme, and, just last week, Louis Vuitton name Virgil Abloh as men’s artistic director. All in all, it’s going to be a new and exciting chapter for menswear.