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Michael Kors in $1.2-billion deal to buy Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo would continue to operate under its existing management team

Reuters  |  London 

Michael Kors

has agreed to buy luxury shoemaker for $1.2 billion, snapping up a British brand launched in the East End of London and made famous by celebrity fans including Princess Diana.

Founded in the 1990s by bespoke shoemaker Jimmy Choo, the brand is known for its stiletto heals and accessories and sells in cities from London to Paris, New York and Tokyo.

It put itself up for sale in April after its majority owner JAB signaled its intention to focus on consumer goods. At 230 pence in cash per share, the group is receiving a premium of 36.5 percent to its share price before the sale process was announced. Michael Kors, once the hottest name in affordable luxury with a hugely popular handbag range, has been struggling in recent quarters with declining same-store sales as fewer people visit its shops.

In response, it has expanded into dresses and menswear, and invested in its online business. It said would continue to operate as it does today, under its existing management team.

is an iconic premier luxury brand that offers distinctive footwear, handbags and other accessories,” said Michael Kors, honourary chairman and chief creative officer.

“We admire the glamourous style and trend-setting nature of designs.” floated on the London Stock Exchange at 140 pence in 2014. It closed on Monday at 195 pence.

First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 03:19 IST
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