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TypeSubsidiary of public company
Founded1895 (1895)
FounderAlessandro Berluti
ProductsShoes, boots, leatherware
Berluti original store on rue Marbeuf in the 8th arrondissement of Paris

Berluti is a prestigious leather maker that manufactures menswear, especially the leather finishing of calfskin, kangaroo leather and alligator skin[1] in its production of shoes and boots. It makes leather belts, bags, and wallets, as well as bespoke and ready-to-wear garments. Established in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti of Marche, Berluti is based in Paris on rue Marbeuf. The latest creative director was Kris Van Assche (2018-2021).[2]

Creative Director[edit]

Alessandro Sartori was its artistic director for 5 years, ending his role in February 2016.[3] Haider Ackermann was appointed the next current Creative Director;[4][5][6][7] his first collection for the brand was Fall/Winter 2017 shown on 20 January 2017 at Paris Fashion Week.[8][9] In March 2018, Ackermann exited.[10] Kris Van Assche replaced Ackermann, with his first collection debuting in January 2019.[11] On 21 April 2021, Kris Van Assche announced on his Instagram that his departure from the brand as its artistic director.[12] He also said that during 3 years time in Berluti had been extremely intense especially in COVID-19 period.


Logo until 2018
Alessandro Sartori was Berluti's creative director for 5 years, overseeing its first clothing collections

Berluti was founded in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti, and later run by Olga Squeri, also known as Olga Berluti.[13] The LVMH group acquired Berluti in 1993. In 2012, Berluti acquired Paris tailor house Arnys and launched its first prêt-à-porter menswear collections.[14]

Berluti is headed since 2012 by LVMH's CEO Bernard Arnault's son, Antoine Arnault, who also serves as the chairman of Loro Piana.[15] In March 2014, Isabella Capece Galeota became director of image and communications.[16]

In 2017 Business of Fashion named Berluti among the 16 best companies to work for in the fashion industry.[17]

All the footwear manufacturing production is located in the town of Gaibanella in the municipality of Ferrara,[18] while the quality control center at the corporate headquarters in Paris.


Berluti patrons have included Pierre Bergé, Jean Cocteau, Alain Delon, Dean Martin, Matthew Scott-Young,[19] Andy Warhol, Charles Aznavour, Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Yves Saint Laurent, Marcel Proust, Roman Polanski, and Timothée Chalamet.[20]


  1. ^ Berluti Stores
  2. ^ The Challenge of Freedom: Kris Van Assche on Rebooting Berluti Luke Leitch, 17 January 2019
  3. ^ Alessandro Sartori Retrieved 5 November 2015
  4. ^ Kate Abnett, Berluti Names Haider Ackermann Creative Director 1 September 2016
  5. ^ LUKE LEITCH Why Haider Ackermann’s New Berluti Gig Is Menswear’s Most Tantalizing Appointment 1 September 2016
  6. ^ Vanessa Friedman, Haider Ackermann Named Creative Director of Berluti The New York Times 2016/09/01
  7. ^ Megan Gustashaw, Berluti Names Haider Ackermann as Creative Director
  8. ^ Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017
  9. ^ Fall/Winter 2017 Archived 9 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Schneier, Matthew (30 March 2018). "Haider Ackermann Exits Berluti". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. ^ Yotka, Steff (3 April 2018). "Kris Van Assche Named Artistic Director at Berluti". Vogue. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Login • Instagram". Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  13. ^ Olga Berluti
  14. ^ Masidlover, Nadya (15 June 2012). "LVMH Acquires Taste for Bespoke". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  15. ^ Antoine Arnault
  16. ^ Socha, Miles (17 March 2014). "Louis Vuitton Taps Edouard Schneider to Head P.R." WWD. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  17. ^ Taylor Branson, THE FASHION COMPANIES YOU SHOULD BE WORKING FOR RIGHT NOW: Business of Fashion released their first-ever report on the best companies to work for in fashion. 24 April 2017
  18. ^ WW, FashionNetwork com. "Berluti picks up speed with a large production site in Italy". Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  19. ^ Sartori exits Berluti, Women's Wear Daily 1 February 2016
  20. ^ Berluti: At Their Feet

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