MILAN — Belgian designer Dirk Bikkembergs has sold his brand to Zeis Excelsa SpA, the label’s footwear licensee. Based in Italy’s shoe production hub of the Marche region, Zeis Excelsa plans to strengthen Bikkembergs’ international retail structure, focus on the brand’s women’s wear collections and further develop its licenses, aiming at doubling revenues within three years. As per the agreement, the company takes control of the Dirk Bikkembergs Sport Couture, Bikkembergs and Bikkembergs Sport brands. The designer will remain as creative director of the lines.
“This is a new important development step,” said Maurizio Pizzuti, chairman and chief executive officer of Zeis Excelsa. “When we started manufacturing footwear together a few years ago, friendship, affection and mutual esteem developed between Dirk and myself.” Pizzuti said he plans to preserve the brand’s “Italian character of production.” Consolidated revenues of the Bikkembergs brands today are about 100 million euros, or $141.5 million at current exchange, excluding licenses for underwear, eyewear and children’s wear.
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