MILAN — Aeffe SpA has tapped designer Erminio Cerbone for its Pollini accessories brand.


Cerbone succeeds Nicholas Kirkwood, and his first collection for the Italian label will bow for fall-winter 2015.


Cerbone, after graduating in set and technical costume design at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Naples, has worked for brands including Prada, Jil Sander, under creative director Raf Simons, and Dolce & Gabbana.


“We chose Erminio Cerbone because his training and stylistic vision reflects our culture, balancing product knowledge with a fashionable point of view,” said Antonella Tomasetti, managing director of Pollini. “We are confident that, with his talent and experience, Cerbone will successfully express the ‘made in Italy’ philosophy which has always inspired and defined Pollini.”


In addition to Pollini, Aeffe, which is publicly listed, controls the Alberta Ferretti, Moschino and Pollini brands, and produces and distributes collections for labels including Emanuel Ungaro, designed by Fausto Puglisi, and Cédric Charlier. 
In October, Aeffe tapped Lorenzo Serafini as creative director of Philosophy, which will now take on his name, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.


As reported last month, a more efficient structure and an injection of fresh creativity are helping Aeffe to continue improving profits.


In the first nine months of the year, the Italian fashion group reported net profits of 2.5 million euros, or $3.3 million, compared with a loss of 2.3 million euros, or $3 million, in the same period last year. Revenues in the period totaled 192.9 million euros, or $260.4 million.

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