Lucky Brand Jeans has appointed former Guess executive Carlos Alberini as its chief executive officer.

Alberini joins Lucky Brand as the business transitions to a new owner following its sale by parent company Fifth & Pacific Companies to Leonard Green & Partners this week.

He will join Lucky Brand from Restoration Hardware Holdings where he has resigned from his post as co-CEO with effect from 31 January. He succeeds David DeMattei in his new role.

Prior to joining Restoration Hardware in June 2010, Alberini held the position of president and COO of apparel company Guess.

"I have been presented with an opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream to run and build a company," he said. "Leaving Restoration Hardware has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made in my career. I am honored and thrilled that I will continue to have the opportunity to serve on the board, and plan to remain a significant shareholder in what I believe will be recognized as one of the greatest retail stories of all time."