PARIS — Francesco Smalto has named Eric Bergère creative director of the house’s bespoke tailoring and ready-to-wear collections, beginning in July.
Bergère has over the past three decades held creative director roles at Hermès, Lanvin and Inès de la Fressange, which he helped launch. The designer also conceived his own label.
The men’s wear brand called his style “sophisticated, thorough and creative.”
“Though inspired by the eternal masculine, his designs do not shy away from modern touches,” the house of Smalto said. “The eclectic designer has contributed to a number of cultural, decorative and creative projects, and lent his talents to more accessible brands with equally demanding specifications.”
Bergère will work alongside Lisa Astorino, who also in July is to begin overseeing Smalto’s style and collections, a newly created position. She formerly served as designer at Zadig & Voltaire and more recently at Balibaris.
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 exited Smalto about two months ago.
Smalto recently designed the official suiting for the French soccer team ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, which is currently under way. The French state in 2012 awarded Smalto with the Living Heritage Company label. The brand’s collections are sold in 110 doors globally.