By  on July 16, 2010

PARIS — Gearing up for a new era under creative director Giles Deacon, Emanuel Ungaro has signed a production agreement with Italy’s Castor Srl, maker of Deacon’s signature collection since last year.

Castor is to manufacture the Emanuel Ungaro Paris label, the French fashion house’s top ready-to-wear collection, starting with the spring season.

Ungaro general manager Marie Fournier told WWD the firm is aiming for wholesale volume in excess of 10 million euros next year, or about $12.7 million at current exchange, with its top line. Its agreement with Castor is for two years and is renewable, she said.

Ungaro’s designer rtw had been produced under license, most recently by Italy’s Vaprio Stile and, before that, Vestimenta Spa.

One of London’s most critically acclaimed designers, Deacon signed a production and distribution deal with Castor in May 2009, with the goal of quadrupling sales of his label and expanding his international reach.

“He’s extremely happy about the quality and the deliveries,” Fournier said in an interview Thursday. “We also thought it would be easier for him to have the two brands at the same factory.”

Deacon plans to show his signature collection on Sept. 20 during London Fashion Week, and unveil his first effort for Ungaro on Oct. 4 at Paris Fashion Week. The format and venue for the Ungaro presentation has yet to be defined, but Fournier reiterated it would not be a catwalk presentation.

Founded in 2002, Castor is based near Mantova in the north of Italy. In addition to Giles, it manufactures and distributes a collection for the Milanese designer Gabriele Colangelo, and produces an in-house line called Mantu, designed by Gigi Vezzola. The company also makes prototypes for such companies as Chanel, Aquascutum and Valentino.

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