BERTELLI MAY BE CONSIDERING BUY OF CASADEI

MILAN — Prada’s acquisition-hungry chief, Patrizio Bertelli, is said to be on the hunt again. This time, sources told WWD, he has his sights on the high-end footwear company Casadei, as part of his ongoing strategy to build a luxury goods group.
After acquiring controlling stakes in Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Church and Fendi last year, Bertelli might be trying to lure Quinto Casadei in selling the company he founded in the late Fifties. In addition to its Casadei line, the firm also produces some of Jil Sander’s women’s footwear.
Bertelli declined to comment Friday and Cesare Casadei, son of Quinto Casadei and sales manager of the firm, denied the report.
The company is based in San Mauro Pascoli, the heart of Italian footwear country.
Last year, industry sources speculated Bertelli was interested in the purchase of Sergio Rossi, which was eventually acquired by Gucci in November.