Haider Ackermann is stepping down as artistic director of Berluti, its parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton confirmed on Friday. LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods group, said it would announce Ackermann’s successor at Berluti shortly rumors are already swirling that Kris Van Assche will likely take up the role, following his departure from the top spot at Dior Homme to make way for former Louis Vuitton menswear director Kim Jones. It was said that Van Assche, who was at the Dior menswear helm for 11 years, would not leave LVMH entirely but would be shifted to another role under the conglomerate's umbrella of brands.
Berluti is headed up on the CEO side by Antoine Arnault, the second eldest child of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault. He stated on Friday, “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. His feel for materials, colors, and his wonderful shows will always be linked to the history of the house,” he said.
As for Ackermann, who had launched his own Paris-based brand in 2003, he has been at the helm of Berluti since September 2016.