PARIS — French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s colorful, offbeat style has won him a suitor.
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On Tuesday, U.K. clothing manufacturer Marchpole Holdings plc said it had acquired de Castelbajac’s fashion house, with immediate plans to broaden distribution of his women’s and men’s collections in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Japan and South Korea. Terms were not disclosed, but Marchpole said the brand’s wholesale volume in those regions totals about $12.4 million, or 10 million euros.
Marchpole produces and distributes clothing under the Yves Saint Laurent and Ozwald Boateng labels. Harold Tillman, the British clothing and textile entrepreneur who last March purchased Jaeger, is a 10 percent shareholder in Marchpole.
De Castelbajac, a popular figure on the French fashion scene, launched his signature label in 1973, earning acclaim for his graphic designs and lighthearted spirit. He once designed for Courrèges, and flirted with couture, but his business has been retrenching in recent years with the closing of retail stores in Paris.
But the designer continues to show his ready-to-wear collections on the Paris runway, with his next show set for March 7.
The new company entity, known as JCC SA, has distribution agreements with Itochu for Japan and South Korea, Daikyung in Asia and Carma SpA for Europe and the Middle East.