By  on October 13, 2008

PARIS — New Cerruti president and chief executive officer Florent Perrichon plans to bring back the house’s women’s wear line, with designer Jean-Paul Knott’s first collection expected to be presented on the catwalk next March, according to a spokeswoman.

The line has been dormant since former owner, the now-unraveled Italian conglomerate Fin.part, phased it out in 2004 following several attempts at rejuvenation.

Cerruti’s new owners, private equity firm MatlinPatterson, which acquired the brand in 2006, hired Nicolas Andreas Taralis as artistic director in October 2006, before replacing him with Knott a year later.

Knott had already been working on the Cerruti 1881 men’s and women’s diffusion business.

Meanwhile, 43-year-old Perrichon, who replaced former Cerruti president Philippe Cleach effective Sept. 18, boasts experience in both the luxury and streetwear sectors, having held management positions at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for six years, working for the Tag Heuer and De Beers brands, before joining English casualwear brand Criminal, where he was managing director.

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