Luxury fashion house The Armani Group will take direct control of its UK retail and wholesale operations across all of its brands with immediate effect.
Its raft of brands, including Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and AJ Armani Jeans, were previously managed in the UK by licensee Club 21. It will continue to operate A|X Armani Exchange, which is a separate business run out of New York.
Giorgio Armani, chief executive and president of the Armani Group, said: “We have enjoyed a great working relationship with Club 21 for over two decades, and I am truly grateful for their great contribution to establishing the Armani business so successfully in the UK during that time.
“However, it is now time that a global brand like Armani runs its own interests in a market as significant as this one. We have great plans for the UK and we look forward to a new era for Armani there.”
Christina Ong, founder of Club 21, added: “We are confident that with the global strength of the Armani Group, the UK operations will move on to achieve even greater success.”
Launched in 1972 in Singapore, Club 21 is a luxury retail company. It manages brands such as Donna Karan, Balenciaga, Marni, Mulberry, Issey Miyake, Jil Sander and Dries Van Noten among others, and ck Calvin Klein and DKNY Jeans under licence.