MILAN--Leading Italian textile and apparel firm Marzotto SpA is in talks with Louis Dell'Olio about having him consult for the company's women's bridge line, Accento, with a particular eye to its growth potential in the U.S. market.
Since being dropped in May 1993 by The Anne Klein Co. as head designer, Dell'Olio has worked as a consultant and been involved with fund-raising for the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative.
According to sources, he flew to Milan this week to work with Marzotto.
A Marzotto spokeswoman confirmed that the firm has had "contacts" with Dell'Olio to discuss a consultancy. She said that while his role is currently to provide advice about the line's suitability for the U.S. market, she indicated that if talks continue, the relationship could develop into a full-fledged design consultancy.
"There isn't any contract between Dell'Olio and Marzotto to design the line," said the spokeswoman. "He is just working for us on a freelance basis to help gear the line toward the taste of the U.S. consumer. It's more of a supervisory role. He helps us identify which items will work best on the U.S. market."
Marzotto has been working to increase Accento's penetration on the U.S. market for several seasons.

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