PARIS (AP) — Lanvin, the world’s oldest continuously running couture house, named veteran designer Peter Copping on Thursday as its new artistic director.

Founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin and based in Paris, Lanvin will welcome Copping as the creative head of its women’s and men’s collections starting in fall.

“Jeanne Lanvin was a visionary of her time whose passions and interests went beyond fashion, something I share with her,” Copping said in a statement.

British by origin and a veteran designer, Copping is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career at Sonia Rykiel, spent over a decade at Louis Vuitton as head of women’s ready-to-wear alongside Marc Jacobs, and later served as creative director at Nina Ricci in Paris and Oscar de la Renta in New York. Most recently, Copping led haute couture at Balenciaga, overseeing the reintroduction of the house’s couture collections.

His “arrival at Lanvin marks a significant step in the renaissance of one of the great French houses,” said Siddhartha Shukla, Lanvin’s deputy general manager.

Lanvin, which recently celebrated its 135th anniversary, is a big name in luxury ready-to-wear, leather goods, and accessories.

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