Berluti has parted ways with its creative director Haider Ackermann after just three seasons, marking the latest high-profile change parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Ackermann’s surprise departure has kindled speculation that Kris Van Assche could step into the role, following his departure from Dior Homme after 11 years at the helm.
But Ackermann’s departure as the Creative Director at Berluti was seen to be coming as he lacked in-depth knowledge of accessories, which are core to the Berluti business, with footwear and leather goods accounting for around 70 percent of sales, according to industry estimates.
Ackermann, who took over from Alessandro Sartori showed his first collection for the label in January 2017. He brought in a feminine edge and a more languid feel to the brand. In fact Antoine Arnault, who took over affairs of Berluti from his father wanted the brand to transform in to a luxury lifestyle label from an elite cobbler image. Antoine has opted for a more casual component to the brand as men’s wear is trending towards athleisure and laid-back clothes from uptight suits.