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Karen Millen signs footwear deal with Pentland Brands

Pentland Brands has signed a deal to be the new global footwear licence partner for Karen Millen.

Karen Millen said the new partnership “will allow for new and exciting opportunities”, taking its footwear ranges beyond standalone stores and online into multi-brand footwear environments and global department stores.

The first footwear collection is set to launch internationally, instore and online for autumn 19.

Pentland has built global footwear brands for Lacoste, Ted Baker, Kickers, Kangaroos, Ellesse, Boxfresh, SeaVees and Red or Dead.

Karen Millen CEO Beth Butterwick said: “Customers have always loved our footwear and this partnership will enable us to offer more styles, choice and availability. Pentland is the perfect partner, with a truly expert level of knowledge when it comes to footwear licensing and long-standing record of working with brands to build their global presence.”

Richard Newcombe, president or Pentland Brands footwear division, added: “Our focus will be on creating exceptional footwear designs that capture the brand signature of individuality, attention to detail and quality that makes Karen Millen such an iconic womenswear brand.”

The news follows the launch earlier this year of Karen Millen’s licencing partnership with IMG to enter new lifestyle categories including swimwear, athleisure and lingerie.

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