The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode pays tribute to Nino Cerruti who passed away this Saturday, January 15.


Nino Cerruti was one of the most influential designers of men’s luxury ready-to-wear in the 20th century. Innovator, industrialist and a great designer, he revolutionized high-end men’s fashion by inventing the first deconstructed jacket in the 1970s. Nino Cerruti succeeds both with his eponymous house and with the family business Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti. Nino Cerruti defined the concept of “style” as “a perfect blend of “culture and art”, a term he preferred to “elegance”, which according to him had “a terrible old taste”.


Nino Cerruti was also the mentor of Giorgio Armani and Veronique Nichanian.


Nino Cerruti chose to open his first store in Paris in 1967 on the Place de la Madeleine, where he also set up the headquarters of his company. Nino Cerruti was a member of the official parisian calendar.


“Nino Cerruti was undoubtedly a creative genius, a passionate man with an extraordinary eye, but also a great entrepreneur. Nino Cerruti introduced the notion of “casual chic” into fashion and men’s clothing, and was himself a man of rare elegance. Today we say goodbye to a great man who belonged as much to Milan as to Paris.” said Ralph Toledano, President of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.