MARNI MUSINGS: Could Marni be looking for more financial muscle? Speculation is mounting in Milan that to further expand globally the Italian fashion brand is evaluating different options, including taking on a partner or even perhaps going for an initial public offering.

Sources speculated Diesel chief Renzo Rosso might be interested in taking a stake in Marni, but the entrepreneur denied this. “Our company is doing well, we are solid,” he told WWD. “Our goal is to develop our brands.”

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Through his holding, Only the Brave Srl, Rosso controls labels such as Viktor & Rolf and Maison Martin Margiela. One source said the deal may have hit a stumbling block because Rosso would only be interested in taking a majority stake, while Marni’s founders and owners, the Castiglioni family, would not be willing to relinquish control. A Marni spokeswoman said the company is “not looking for a partner” but is “always attentive to evaluating opportunities offered by the market.”

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