PARIS — It’s all change at French tailor Francesco Smalto, which one year after hiring back former creative director Franck Boclet to reprise the role has tapped a successor: Jean Luc Amsler.
The Swiss-born designer boasts experience at brands including Jean-Louis Scherrer, Courrèges, Dior Homme and Arnys.
His first collection will be presented in January during Paris Men’s Week, the house said.
Boclet had returned to the house in January, a decade after leaving the post. The Francesco Smalto board took the decision to part ways with the designer in September, a spokeswoman said.
Francesco Smalto, who died in April 2015, founded his men’s wear line in Paris in 1962. The designer’s signature styles included body-hugging silhouettes and cigarette-rolled shoulders. Smalto left the company, which he sold, in 2001. But prior to that he recruited and trained artistic director Youn Chong Bak, who recently exited the house.
The tailor, which in 2012 was awarded the Living Heritage Co. label by the French state, was tapped last year to design the official suiting for the French soccer team for the UEFA Euro tournament.
The brand owns two stand-alone stores, in Paris and Bordeaux, France, and counts around 110 doors globally.