Kris Van Assche
by Stephen Garner
Kris Van Assche
Kris Van Assche / Photo by Paolo Roversi

After three years as the artistic director at Berluti, Kris Van Assche and the Italian luxury brand are parting ways.

The designer made the announcement on his Instagram on Tuesday writing, “These 3 years at Berluti have been extremely intense. Reinventing and reshaping the brand’s DNA, its history and tradition, craft and luxury in a contemporary and creative manner was definitely a challenge, and all limitations and restrictions around COVID didn’t help.”

He continued: “So, I want to express endless gratitude to my creative team for always delivering miracles, no matter what. You know what you did, how you had to do it, and you can be proud. I sure am proud of you, of us.”

Van Assche went on to suggest that Berluti is developing a new approach to its collections and calendar, which was later confirmed in a statement by CEO Antoine Arnault. “In order to maintain our commitment to both savoir-faire and innovation we have decided to let Berluti lead its own rhythm and give freedom to its presentation schedule,” Arnault said. “I would personally like to thank Kris, who throughout his journey within the LVMH Group has shown remarkable talent in the world of menswear. He has brought his own vision to Berluti, particularly by integrating new codes into its signatures.”

Prior to his time at Berluti, Van Ascche was artistic director at Dior Homme from 2007 to 2018. Meanwhile, Berluti has been creatively helmed by first Alessandro Sartori (who was poached by Ermenegildo Zegna after five years) and then Haider Ackermann for three seasons, before Van Assche’s appointment.

Van Ascche’s last collection for Berluti was his “Living Apart Together” winter 2021 collection, which was revealed last week.