Haider Ackermann

MEN’S ROOM: Haider Ackermann, Berluti’s new creative director, is building his team ahead of his runway debut in January during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, WWD has learned.

According to market sources, the elite French luxury men’s firm has tapped designer Aldo Maria Camillo to direct the ready-to-wear studio. Camillo was most recently artistic director of Cerruti 1881, a post he vacated in May.

Berluti officials declined to comment.

Camillo joined Cerruti in 2012 from the men’s wear studio of Valentino, where he was head men’s wear designer. His résumé also includes a three-year stint at Ermenegildo Zegna as senior designer of formalwear and tailoring.

One of Paris’ prized fashion showmen, Ackermann is expected to bring a gust of fashion and casual cool to Berluti. The Paris-based brand had accrued a reputation for suave tailoring under its previous creative director, Alessandro Sartori.

Ackermann is relatively new at men’s wear. He first approached the category as a guest at the Pitti Uomo trade fair in 2010 and staged his first Paris show in 2013.

He has a penchant for fancy dinner jackets, low-slung pants and long, artfully coiled scarves — reflecting personal style and background.

The Colombia-born designer, whose upbringing in countries including Chad, Ethiopia, Algeria, The Netherlands, Belgium and France is reflected in his eclectic, globe-trotting style.

Yet he’s also earned a wide celebrity following for his sweatshirts and hoodies, with musicians Kanye West and Miguel among famous devotees who have fanned Ackermann’s reputation on social media.

Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of Berluti, has transformed the heritage brand, born as an elite cobbler in 1895, into a luxury lifestyle label for men. It added leather goods in 2005 and a complete clothing collection in 2011.

Controlled by luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Berluti counts about 45 stores worldwide. Footwear accounts for roughly half of the business, with casual categories growing quickly.