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Richemont in exclusive talks to acquire Belgium’s Delvaux

By Astrid Wendlandt
Richemont in exclusive talks to acquire Belgium’s Delvaux
Cartier owner Richemont is in exclusive talks to acquire Delvaux, the Belgian leather goods maker that is older than Belgium itself, Miss Tweed has learnt. The deal is surprising. Richemont does not have a particularly strong track record in fashion and leather goods. Its strength is in jewelry and watches. French tote maker Lancel, which it sold in 2018 after 21 years of losses and frustration, is a well-documented fiasco. Richemont has had other problematic fashion ventures as well. Chloé, its biggest fashion brand, has been lossmaking for years. Once artistically led by superstars such as Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney, it is now headed by eco-friendly American-Uruguayan Gabriela Hearst, who is trying to turn the quintessentially Parisian brand into a Latino label with a good conscience.

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