Stella Jean has signed a licensing agreement with Italian manufacturing company Unique Children Wear, which will produce and distribute the designer’s new children’s wear line. The two companies will create and sell two collections a year for both boys and girls, aged 2 to 14 years old.
The collaboration between the companies will start with the spring 2018 lineup, which will be presented at international trade show Pitti Bimbo, running June 22 to 24 in Florence. During the fair, Jean will also showcase a mini winter capsule, which will be sold exclusively at selected retailers.
Unique Children Wear produces and distributes the kids’ collections of a range of brands, including Patrizia Pepe, Bikkembergs, Marcelo Burlon and Au Jour Le Jour.
In November, Stella Jean, which launched in 2011, signed a licensing agreement with Italian manufacturer Sinv, which produces the brand’s women’s collections.
Sinv, which controls the Piazza Sempione brand, also produces Love Moschino under license and holds a minority stake in Piazza Sempione.
Starting with the pre-fall 2017 lineup, the brand’s women’s collections are distributed by Tomorrow Ltd., which has a flagship showroom in Paris and spaces in Milan, London and New York. Tomorrow distributes and advises more than 60 brands, including Marni men’s, Oamc, Tibi, Facetasm, Frame, Steve J & Yoni P, Markus Lupfer and Rebecca Minkoff.
Stella Jean women’s collections are carried at about 200 points of sale.
Last fall, the Italian-Haitian designer realized the United Colors of Benetton’s first capsule collection developed in collaboration with an external consultant designer. The capsule, sold in about 100 boutiques and comprised of 20 pieces, including knitwear and accessories. Crafted from noble fibers, such as cashmere and mohair, the ready-to-wear offering features coats, maxi cardigans, plissé skirts, cropped pants and cutout sweaters, all infused with a folk attitude. In particular, Jean was inspired by Native American symbols, including the representations of Navajo’s ancestral spirits, for the motifs appearing on several items.