MILAN — Roberto Cavalli has signed an agreement for the production and distribution of its Cavalli Class men’s and women’s line with the Verona, Italy-based Swinger International. The first collections under the new six-year license will bow for spring 2015. The diffusion Cavalli Class line was launched in 1998 and in available in 50 countries at 27 dedicated monobrand units, in addition to 900 points of sale. Cavalli Class was previously produced by Italian manufacturer Dressing, which is facing financial difficulties and is going out of business.
The designer, president of the namesake group, said the agreement with Swinger International will allow the brand to “further expand and grow” internationally.
Praising Cavalli’s creativity and intuition in “grasping and interpreting the tastes and trends of the moment,” Mathias Facchini, president of Swinger International, said that “new and interesting opportunities” will be seized thanks to his group’s production and distribution structure.
Swinger International has over the years produced and distributed for brands including Roccobarocco, Fendi, Ungaro, Laura Biagiotti, Mila Schön, Vivienne Westwood, Missoni, Versus and VJC Versace. The company also owns the Byblos and Genny brands.
As reported, Cavalli has signed a letter of intent to sell a 60 percent stake in his firm to VTB Capital, according to market sources, and the deal is expected to be completed in November.