Berluti has appointed Kris Van Assche as its new creative director. The Belgian designer succeeds Haider Ackermann, who only stayed for 18 months. Van Assche recently left Dior Homme, which he had led the creative department since 2008, replacing Hedi Slimane. He will present his first collection for Berluti in January 2019. LVMH owns Dior, Berluti and Louis Vuitton, where Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White, has taken over responsibility for its menswear, replacing Kim Jones who has taken the place of Van Assche at Dior Homme. Berluti was founded in 1895 by Alessandro Berluti, an Italian boot maker. The company was bought by LVMH in 1993. In 2005, Berluti expanded its business to leathergoods, and then to ready-to-wear in 2011. Today, the brand operates a network of 45 boutiques worldwide.