N Brown is understood to be running a slide rule over contemporary womenswear home-shopping business Scala Collections.
The Isle of Wight-based company trades as two home-shopping brands, Artigiano and plus-size range Spirito di Artigiano, selling womenswear made from fabrics from Italian mills.
The potential acquisition would boost N Brown’s higher-end and plus-size offers. It acquired the assets of outsized men’s retailer High and Mighty last year and said it would seek further growth opportunities.
Scala Collections was bought in a management buyout backed by Barclays Private Equity in December 2006 for £28m.
In the year to January 31, 2008, Scala Collections reported a turnover of £17.9m and pre-tax profits of £1.3m. In the 19 weeks to January 9, N Brown said total group revenue grew 4.9%.
Meanwhile, N Brown has promoted buyer Linda Quinn to trading director for womenswear. She will report to merchandise director Paul Short.
N Brown chief executive Alan White said changes in the structure of the buying teams were necessary because of expanded collections.
N Brown and Scala Collections would not comment.