GAULTIER SAID TO LICENSE AEFFE
MILAN — Jean Paul Gaultier has reportedly licensed Aeffe SpA to produce his top women’s and men’s collections.
Donald Potard, president of Gaultier, and Massimo Ferretti, president of Aeffe, based in Cattolica, declined comment on reports of the agreement. Gaultier’s women’s and men’s collections are currently produced by Gibo Sp , which is headquartered near Florence.
Gibo is owned by Onward Kashiyama, a Tokyo-based manufacturing company. Its U.S. arm, Kashiyama USA, will reportedly continue to distribute the collections there for at least another season. Kashiyama USA officials were unavailable for comment.
Aeffe reportedly will produce Gaultier’s women’s and men’s collections starting with fall 1995. The initial agreement is for three years, with the option to renew for three years.
Kashiyama lost another Gaultier license in April, when the designer discontinued the Junior Gaultier line and signed a deal with Stile Moda, outside Milan, to produce the JPG lower-price line and distribute it in Europe and North America.
Aeffe, which is controlled by designer Alberta Ferretti and her brother, Massimo Ferretti, produces Alberta Ferretti’s own lines as well as lines by such names as Franco Moschino and Rifat Ozbek.