Byline: Katherine Weisman

PARIS — A new manager is headed for the house of Pucci, WWD has learned.
Catherine Vautrin, a highly regarded Louis Vuitton veteran, is expected to be named to a top post at the colorful Italian fashion house today, according to industry sources. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent of Louis Vuitton, bought 67 percent of Pucci in February.
Vautrin is director of ready-to-wear development at Vuitton. Prior to assuming this post in 1998, Vautrin was the store network manager for Vuitton worldwide.
Top executives of LVMH and Pucci family members are to hold a press conference in Florence today and are likely to discuss their new alliance, development plans and possibly executive changes.
In the deal with LVMH, the Pucci family retains 33 percent and the company will operationally become part of LVMH’s fashion and leather goods division, headed by Yves Carcelle. Carcelle declined to comment on Vautrin’s possible Pucci appointment.
At the time of the purchase, LVMH said Pucci would remain based in Florence and that Laudomia Pucci di Barsento, daughter of founding designer Emilio Pucci, would “continue to coordinate the fashion house’s creative strategy and image.”