By  on February 6, 2009

PARIS — Pierre-Alexis Dumas is to take over as the sole artistic director of Hermès International, effective Monday, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

For the past three years, Dumas, 42, has been co-artistic director alongside his cousin, Pascale Mussard. Both are sixth-generation members of the Hermès clan.

Those roles had been designated by Dumas’ father, Jean-Louis Dumas, upon his retirement in January 2006 following almost three decades as chief executive and artistic director of Hermès, with Dumas junior overseeing ready-to-wear, silk and textile accessories and Mussard in charge of leather, jewelry, and nontextile accessories.

In his new role as the house’s general artistic director, Dumas will oversee Hermès’ eight independent lines, or métiers, which include women’s wear designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, men’s wear designed by Véronique Nichanian, and women’s shoes and jewelry, designed by Pierre Hardy.

Mussard, meanwhile, has been appointed general manager of a new product line for the house, also effective Monday, that will be dedicated to limited edition objects in unusual or recycled materials.

As reported, the line will initially be available at the Hermès flagship here on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, though no date has been set for its first product release.

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