MILAN — Italy’s giant hosiery, innerwear and beachwear group Calzedonia SpA said it is negotiating the acquisition of La Perla.
The Italian luxury innerwear company is controlled by San Francisco-based private equity fund JH Partners LLC, which acquired the company in October 2008, after taking a 70 percent stake of the $270 million lingerie company in July 2007.
According to the company, Calzedonia is creating a business plan that aims to maintain the largest number of employees in the city of Bologna, where La Perla is based.
In order to reorganize the group last year, JH Partners eliminated 309 jobs in Bologna, of which 230 employees were already under a government-funded leave.
Calzedonia is having a busy spring.
In April, the company staged its first fashion show in Rimini, Italy, with a celebrity cast of attendees including Sarah Jessica Parker, Ireland Baldwin, Tali Lennox, Leigh Lezark and Poppy Delevingne.
Calzedonia posted a 16 percent sales gain totaling 1.5 billion euros, or $1.9 billion at current exchange rates in 2012, compared to prior-year revenues.