MILAN ­ It’s the start of something new at Pollini.

In a bid to grow and move the brand forward, Aeffe SpA revealed a new design duo ­ Jonathan Saunders as ready to wear director and Nicholas Kirkwood to spearhead the accessories division.

They replace Rifat Ozbek, who ended his four-year run at Pollini with the fall collection at the end of his contract. The Turkish designer joined Pollini in 2003, after a two-year hiatus from fashion when he shuttered his namesake line. His exit confirms a WWD report on March 5. The first collection by the new duo will bow for spring in September.

“During the IPO phase, we had already committed to invest in Pollini, also spurred but the fact that Ozbek’s contract was coming to an end and that he was interested in pursuing other interests,” Massimo Ferretti, Aeffe chairman, told WWD. “We thank him very much for his work and we’re parting in amicably.”

For complete coverage, see Friday’s WWD.

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