• SLOWEAR, BALLIN MAKE DEAL: Slowear, the Italian company known for its specialized luxury labels, has signed its first license with Canadian pant manufacturer Ballin International. Ballin will produce a line for the company’s pant brand, Incotex. Starting this week, Ballin will take over the production, sales and distribution of Incotex’s Ivory line and will ship the first collection under its stewardship in the fall. Incotex will continue to design the range. Ivory launched last year as a pants line for a more fashion-forward customer and retails for roughly $200, about $100 less than Incotex’s primary collection. Slowear said it wanted to take advantage of Ballin’s manufacturing skill, proximity to market and established sales and distribution network. For Ballin, the line will add a more contemporary and luxury-level component to the company’s traditional product.

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