By  on May 5, 2009

MILAN — Keeping it all in the family, the Jil Sander Group has inked a licensing agreement with footwear specialist Iris, which, just like the fashion company, is controlled by Gibò. The latter is the European branch of the Japanese retailing group Onward Kashiyama and acquired Iris in 2005.

“This new license is the next strategic step, since we are part of the Onward-Gibò Group. After the successful establishment of our own accessory division, our focus is on increasing efficiency by using the excellence and know-how of Iris,” said Gian Giacomo Ferraris, chief executive officer at Jil Sander. “This synergetic alliance will strengthen our presence in existing markets and will give us new access to develop emerging ones.”

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