with contributions from Alicia LeBlanc
 on July 22, 2009

PARIS — Akris, the Swiss specialist in luxury ready-to-wear, is about to enter the accessories arena, armed with the know-how of a small but elite German handbag maker.

Akris has acquired 100 percent of Comtesse, a brand favored by international royals and prized for its expertise with handwoven horsehair. WWD first reported Akris had its eye on the firm Dec. 1.

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