haider ackermann joins berluti as creative director
The Columbian designer takes over from Alessandro Sartori at the historic menswear maison.
Haider Ackermann's name has been in the frame for many of fashion's top jobs; Karl was even tipping him as his successor at one point, and he was in the frame to replace Galliano at Dior, and Martin Margiela after he left his namesake brand. Now though, he's landed a job at one of the most historic menswear maisons, Berluti, founded in 1895, but only recently moving into ready-to-wear under the direction of Alessandro Sartori in 2012. After Sartori returned to Zegna, replacing the departing Stefano Pilati. Haider will make his debut at Berluti for their autumn/winter 17 collection, showing in Paris Menswear Week next January.
Haider graduated from the Royal Academy in Antwerp in 1994, and started his own label in 2003 after a stint working for designers like John Galliano, Wim Neels, Bernhard Willhelm and Patrick Van Ommeslaeghe. More recently his relaxed but opulent approach to design has earned him fans as diverse as Kanye West and Tilda Swinton.
"I am very honored to join Berluti," Haider Ackermann said in a statement, "This house stands for the essence of luxury menswear and embracing this new adventure inspires me." "I am very happy to welcome Haider at Berluti," Antoine Arnault, Berluit's CEO added."His talent and creative commitment make him the perfect choice for this position. I am sure that his vision will bring a unique opportunity to Berluti."
Text Felix Petty
Photography Mark Abrahams