This confirms a report in WWD on Nov. 7.
In a statement, Marant said her arrival would “give our organization a new dimension to realize our growth ambitions.”
Duranteau-Loeper is to work alongside Nathalie Chemouny and Sophie Duruflé, Marant’s two original business partners and managing directors.
The executive hire follows a July transaction that saw Montefiore Investment acquire a 51 percent stake in the Paris-based fashion house.
“We’re convinced there is still room to grow in new territories, both geographically and in terms of product categories,” Henri Topiol, a principal at the French investment fund, told WWD at the time. “Isabel Marant today is focused on ready-to-wear and shoes, and we believe that a brand of this stature could have an accessories range in the first stage and then maybe develop new categories — such as perfume or eyewear, or possibly men’s wear at some point. These are things we would like to explore.”
Marant, Chemouny and Duruflé together retain a 49 percent stake.
Founding her label in 1994, Marant pioneered the bohemian Parisienne hipster-meets-tomboy look. Quilted jackets and skinny motorcycle pants are among her signatures, along with footwear hits including fringed boots and wedge sneakers, the latter launched in 2012 and spawning a slew of knockoffs.
Last year, Isabel Marant posted wholesale revenues of 150 million euros, or $166.5 million at average exchange, of which more than 80 percent was generated abroad.
The brand has been ramping up its global retail expansion and today counts 800 points of sale worldwide. That includes 22 freestanding boutiques, of which nine are directly operated. Marant’s collaboration with Swedish high street retailer H&M in 2013 further boosted the label’s global profile.
Duranteau-Loeper had been Paco Rabanne’s fashion general manager since 2013, and returned the iconic Sixties brand to the Paris retail scene after a 14-year absence, and launched online commerce.
She started her career at consultancy McKinsey and spent 10 years at luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and was Céline’s leather goods and accessories director when she joined Paco Rabanne, part of Spain’s Puig group.