Today, Berluti announced that after just three seasons at the helm, designer Haider Ackermann will be leaving the brand. The statement released by the Parisian fashion house—famous since 1895 for its exceptionally crafted shoes, though it expanded into leather goods in 2005 and a full apparel collection in 2011—includes the kind of sentiments one might expect.
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CEO Antoine Arnault praised Ackermann’s creative vision and thanked him for his time at the house, saying that “Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti’s collections and image these past few seasons.” He also noted that “his feel for materials, colors, and his wonderful shows will always be linked to the history of the house.”
Ackermann, for his part, says that he is “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.”
Pretty much par for the course. But it’s important to remember that Berluti is owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH—which also owns Dior. And if you’ve been paying attention to the ongoing game of musical chairs happening in the upper echelons of fashion—Virgil at Vuitton!—you may have noticed that former Louis Vuitton men’s designer Kim Jones just joined Dior Homme as artistic director. Kris Van Assche, who held the position for 11 years, stepped down. LVMH stated earlier this month that Van Assche would take up another role within the group.
With all that in mind, here’s the thing that really stands out about Berluti’s statement regarding Ackermann’s departure: a single-sentence paragraph that reads, “Berluti will announce his successor shortly.”
Is Van Assche going to Berluti? I obviously can’t say for certain. And there’s always the possibility that the Parisian house will move someone up internally or pull someone entirely unexpected into the ranks. But if I were forced to bet on it? Well, I like those odds.