By  on January 7, 2008

NEW YORK — Pierre-Henri Mattout, the 34-year-old lead designer for Dormeuil, a French fabric house-cum-luxury-tailored-clothing maker, is jumping ship to head up creative direction for Victorinox Swiss Army’s men’s and women’s collections.

The choice could mark a significant shift for the brand that has traditionally straddled the designer and performance markets. Mattout, whose resumé includes stints at Christian Dior, where he was part of the men’s wear design team, brings a distinctly European and designer perspective to the active luxury brand. His own eponymous men’s wear line, launched in 1998, shows in conjunction with the Paris men’s collections, and has a cult following abroad. The Pierre-Henri Mattout collection, which is marked by energetic prints and colors, was born out of a capsule collection of woven shirts the Frenchman created for Christian Lacroix.

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