Kris Van Assche

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Kris Van Assche
Born (1976-05-12) 12 May 1976 (age 44)
Londerzeel, Belgium
EducationAcadémie royale des beaux-arts d'Anvers, Fashion and Design
Dior Homme, Berluti

Kris Van Assche (born 12 May 1976) is a Belgian fashion designer. He is the creative director of Berluti, a luxury leather brand of LVMH.


Van Assche studied at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Antwerp from 1994 to 1998.


After graduating Van Assche moved to Paris in 1998. He was immediately appointed at Yves Saint Laurent as Hedi Slimane's first assistant for the Rive Gauche Homme line. The collaboration with Slimane continued at Christian Dior for the launching and development of the Dior Homme collection until September 2004. In January 2005, Van Assche finally presented his own men's collection for the first time in Paris during Men's Fashion Week. He subsequently served as the artistic director for Dior Homme from April 2007[1] to March 2018.[2]

In addition to his work at Dior, Van Assche founded his own label. In June 2013, he opened the first KRISVANASSCHE boutique in Paris.[3] Designed by Ciguë, it was located in the 1st arrondissement, at 16 rue Saint Roch.[4] In late May 2015, after several years of collections often judged as irrelevant by the critics[5] and a style outdated by the new Londoner designers (such as JW Anderson or Christopher Shannon), Van Assche announced that he was closing his personal label for the time being,[6] due to the difficulties of being an independent label.[7]

In April 2018, Van Assche was confirmed as the new creative director at luxury brand Berluti, another LVMH company, following the departure of Haider Ackermann.[8] His debut Berluti collection was released January 2019.[9][10]

For the 2019 Design Miami fair, Van Assche joined forces with art dealer François Laffanour to present a collection of 17 original Pierre Jeanneret furniture pieces, restored by Laffanour and upholstered with Berluti’s emblematic Venezia leather.[11]


Van Assche's style icons are Jean Cocteau, for his classic coats and eccentric manner; Pina Bausch, who wore boots for dancing; and Sean Penn and Johnny Depp.

Personal life[edit]

Van Assche lives in Paris and has two Korat cats, named Frida and Diego after Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.[12] He speaks fluently French, Dutch and English.


  1. ^ Eric Wilson (March 30, 2007), Dior Replaces Its Men’s Wear Designer New York Times.
  2. ^ Sarah White (March 19, 2018), LVMH's Christian Dior says menswear designer Van Assche to leave Reuters.
  3. ^ Nick Carvell. "Talking shop with Kris Van Assche".
  4. ^ Josh Davis. "KRISVANASSCHE To Open First Boutique in Paris".
  5. ^ Suzy Menkes. "Beauty From the Bellicose".
  6. ^ Miles Socha. "Kris Van Assche Shutters Own Label".
  7. ^ Lauren Milligan. "Kris Van Assche Closes Label".
  8. ^ Sudip Kar-Gupta (April 3, 2018), LVMH names Van Assche as new Berluti artistic director Reuters.
  9. ^ "Kris Van Assche On His Debut At Berluti". British Vogue.
  10. ^ "Kris Van Assche is luxury menswear's hopeful romantic". Document Journal. May 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Nick Vinson (November 8, 2019), Berluti delivers colour and care to revive Pierre Jeanneret’s Chandigarh furniture Wallpaper.
  12. ^ Evans, Christina Ohly (September 11, 2015). "Kris Van Assche talks personal taste: Part Two".

Further reading[edit]

  • Johnston, Robert (November 5, 2012). "The Artist". British GQ. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.

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