High-end Swiss leather goods brand Bally made its biggest underlying profit in a decade last year, buoyed by growth in the United States and Japan, Chief Executive Officer Frederic de Narp said in an interview.
Acne is reportedly up for sale and Carven on the look out for new investors. Add to this the recent announcement of Piquadro's potential acquisition of Lancel, and the fashion and luxury sector looks set for a shake-up.
Speculation that Shandong Ruyi was in talks to buy the UK’s Arcadia Group may have been denied by both parties but it has certainly focused attention on the Chinese firm’s global ambitions in the fashion sector.
A deal has been struck to sell Bally and while we don’t know how much the deal’s worth, we do know that the Swiss brand will be controlled by one of the world’s biggest textile names, Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding.