Berluti’s creative director, Kris Van Assche will leave the luxury menswear brand and his final collection, Fall / Winter 2021, will be released on April 8.
Van Assche joined the LVMH-owned brand in 2018, at a time when the French group is shifting to a more casual style, influenced by streetwear. This move witnessed the appointment of Virgil Abloh as the male arts director of Louis Vuitton and Kim Jones works as art director for Dior.
At Berluti, Van Assche succeeded Haider Ackermann and oversees the fashions’ signature apparel and leather goods. During Van Assche’s tenure, he paid homage to the brand’s leather-making heritage, particularly its rust-filled shoes, with leather suits, shoes and accessories painted or sewn with hand. He also introduced a new signature fabric for travel bags and personal accessories.
Cooperation was also a key feature of Berluti under Van Assche, like his colleagues at Dior and Louis Vuttion. Bring artists to life through the elegant use of colors found in Spring / Summer collection 2021, the designs also leaned towards a more casual street style and these new elements helped to attract a younger audience to Berluti. Van Assche’s hearted tailoring technology is a favorite among musicians and celebrities who have made luxury brands a staple in red carpet events.
“In order to maintain our commitment to both savoir-faire and innovation, we have decided to let Berluti lead his own rhythm and freely set his presentation schedule.” Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti said in a statement That is also thanks to Van Assche. “He brought his own vision to Berluti, especially by integrating new codes into its signature.”
As for what’s next installed for the Belgian designer, there’s still no word yet but he says there will be “some projects” remaining to be completed for the brand in the coming weeks.