Jean Paul Gaultier Confirms Gibò Deal

License agreement for top line commences with fall 2013 collection.

PARIS — Jean Paul Gaultier SAS said it has signed a license agreement for the production and distribution of its women’s ready-to-wear with Gibò SpA, effective with the fall-winter 2013/2014 collection.

This confirms a report on WWD.com on Oct. 22.

“The roads lead me again to Florence, to my first love,” Gaultier said, alluding to the fact that Gibò had produced his collections between 1981 and 1994.

“It’s a return to our roots. We know what Jean Paul Gaultier is capable of doing. He has nothing to prove, he is one of the best designers ever,” said Franco Pené, chief executive officer of Gibò. “Everyone remembers his shows from the Eighties and Nineties. He was considered the enfant terrible, his shows were a surprise, but I think he made the most beautiful blue blazers I’ve ever seen. He combines creativity with consistency. I am convinced Gaultier and Gibò will do things that people don’t expect, they’ll be amazed.”

As reported, Italian manufacturer Aeffe SpA and Gaultier mutually agreed not to renew their licensing pact after 17 years of collaboration.

Aeffe, which controls the Alberta Ferretti, Moschino and Pollini brands and produces and distributes collections for Cacharel and Cédric Charlier, is to produce the spring/summer 2013 Gaultier collection.

The licensing shift is among the first major business developments at Gaultier since Puig, the Barcelona-based beauty and fashion firm, took a majority stake in the Paris fashion house last year.