Michael Kors Buys Jimmy Choo for $1.2 Billion
The luxury American brand buys the London-based footwear label.

Michael Kors is buying Jimmy Choo for 896 million pounds ($1.2 billion), both brands announced on Tuesday. Under the deal, each shareholder of the high-end footwear label will receive 2.30 ($3) pounds per share in cash, WWD reports.

The acquisition is a response to the decrease in sales for upscale brands, as mall shopping has "declined sharply," reports The New York Times. Though e-commerce sites, fast-fashion brands, and even luxury labels like Gucci continue to thrive, brands in the "accessible luxury market," such as Kors, are struggling. The Jimmy Choo deal comes two months after Coach made a similar move by buying Kate Spade for $2.4 billion.

Princess Diana wears Jimmy Choo heels in 1997

Jimmy Choo makes for an interesting pair with Kors, as the former is known for its sky-high stilettos and glam, crystal-embellished designs, while the latter gravitates towards down-to-earth leather goods and ready-to-wear.

But Kors thinks they make a good match. The company told WWD that it plans to incorporate the "experiences, infrastructure and capabilities that it has developed over the course of its own worldwide growth as a luxury fashion brand to support the growth of Jimmy Choo through retail store openings and further development of its online presence."

Jimmy Choo will continue to function "as it does today" with Pierre Denis as CEO and Sandra Choi as creative director, so don't expect any big changes in the company or its designs. Meanwhile, Kors plans to add an "expanded assortment" of products to its own repertoire.

Bella Hadid walks in the Michael Kors Fall 2017 show.

From: Harper's Bazaar

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