Valentino Fashion Group has announced Ferruccio Pozzoni as the new designer for its men's wear.

Pozzoni has lengthy experience in the men's wear business, the company said, designing for major fashion brands.

Valentino said that from 1998 to 2004 he designed for the Prada Group, first for the Prada men's collections, then developing the Miu Miu collection. In 2005 he started at men's tailor Brioni, where he then became the creative director.

The first Valentino men's collection designed by Pozzoni will be presented on 18 January in Paris at the Valentino Showroom in Place Vendome. It has been designed by Pozzoni in coordination with the Valentino woman's wear creative director Alessandra Facchinetti "in order to guarantee full respect of the brand concept and vision", the company added.