ARMANI LICENSE: Giorgio Armani said it has signed a licensing agreement with Mirella Srl, which will produce and distribute children’s footwear for the designer. Armani Baby will cater to children up to the age of four, and Armani Junior, those ages five to 14. The first collections, set to launch for spring 2007, will be introduced at the trade show Pitti Bimbo in Florence, today through Sunday. Mirella is based in central Italy, in the Marche region, one of the country’s main footwear production hubs. Armani also introduced two athletic, unisex shoes produced by Mizuno at his Tadao Ando-designed theater during the men’s shows in Milan this week. The black-and-white Running and the City models employ the Mizuno Wave patent for high performance in sports, shock absorption and stability. The shoes will be introduced for spring 2007.

This story first appeared in the June 30, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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