Bikkembergs inks new license deal for leather goods line
Bikkembergs has a new partner for its leather goods line. While menswear label Dirk Bikkembergs doesn't yet feature an accessories collection, its young line Bikkembergs, which targets both sexes, does. The latter has now signed a five-year licence agreement with Italian company La Compagnia delle Pelli, for the production and worldwide distribution of its leather goods line.
In the last four years, Bikkemberg's leather accessories were created under licence by another Italian manufacturer, Bologna-based Tichebox, a travel goods specialist. Now the label has decided to change its licensee to boost the growth of its bags, belts and small leather goods collection, stating in a press release that "the range of models on offer will significantly expand, allowing us to satisfy the needs of customers that are increasingly demanding and diverse."
Bikkembergs chose La Compagnia delle Pelli, a leather goods manufacturer which is also the licensee for the Cavalli Class and John Richmond leather goods lines, to benefit from a specialised sales network. The collaboration will première with the Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collection, leading to "the expansion of the brand's potential in terms of products and distribution, making its value grow," wrote the label.
Since July 2015, Dirk Bikkembergs is owned, via the Levitas company, by Chinese group Canudilo, with a 51% share of the stock. The remaining 49% is equally split between Zeis Excelsa (footwear) et Sinv (apparel).
The label also licensed out its childrenswear collection to Unique Children Wear, the beachwear and underwear collections to Perofil and the fragrances license to Perfume Holding. Dirk Bikkembergs currently operates 20 monobrand stores worldwide.
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