PARIS — Richard Cohen, chief executive officer of the Hong Kong-based Trinity Group, is taking over as ceo of Cerruti 1881.
He succeeds Catherine Vautrin, who exited the company “to pursue other personal interests,” the company said on Thursday.
“Trinity Group would like to thank Catherine Vautrin for her leadership during her tenure. We wish her all the best for her new plans,” said Cohen. “Our goal of strengthening the brand, based on its unique heritage and marketing globally, remain unchanged,” he added.
Chinese men’s wear giant Trinity Ltd., a publicly listed company on the Hong Kong stock exchange and a member of the privately held Fung Group, bought Cerruti in 2010.
The house has undergone a revolving door of designers and managers in recent years. Vautrin, a former LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton executive, came on board as ceo in October 2011, succeeding Florent Perrichon.
A men’s wear veteran, London-born Cohen joined Trinity last May after a 40-year career in the apparel business.
Before moving to Hong Kong-based Trinity, he served as senior vice president of business development at Saks Fifth Avenue. Before that, Cohen was president and ceo of Ermenegildo Zegna North America for 16 years, then president and ceo of Robert Talbott; he also did a short stint at St. John.
Trinity also owns the Kent & Curwen and Gieves & Hawkes brands. It also holds long-term licenses for D’Urban and Intermezzo for Greater China and operates 441 retail stores in Greater China and 10 in Europe.