Ermenegildo Zegna appoints Alessandro Sartori as Artistic Director

The prodigal son returns.

BY Patrick Chew | Feb 5, 2016 | Fashion

Image from Ermenegildo Zegna

Well that certainly didn't take long. When the Ermenegildo Zegna Group announced the departure of its head of design Stefano Pilati two days ago, questions about who his successor might be were immediately raised.

Well guys, it's Alessandro Sartori, who, earlier this week, left Berluti after he had built it from the ground up. Sartori will join in June as Artistic Director, with responsibility across all Zegna brands and for all creative functions.  

"I've known Alessandro and his style for many years and I am extremely excited to welcome him back to our Group. His talent, creativity, passion and modernity make him the perfect fit to help us take Zegna to the next phase of its development," said chief executive officer Gildo Zegna. 

Sartori added, "I want to thank Gildo and the whole Zegna family for this fantastic opportunity. I grew up watching and admiring their creations and their authentic and deep values and I am extremely excited to write with the whole Zegna team the next chapter. I cannot wait to enter in their fabulous archives and to meet their artisans to start working on the new collections."

This will be Sartori's second stint with the Ermenegildo Zegna Group–his first was as Creative Director of Z Zegna between 2003 and 2011, a period that saw him lead the brand to a successful launch in Pitti Uomo and subsequent showcases at the New York and Milan fashion weeks.