German fashion group Escada AG has signed a deal with Italian footwear producer Vicini SpA which will make shoes under the Escada brand.

Under the agreement, Escada will retain creative control, while Vicini will handle product development, prototypes and production.

Vicini produces around 400,000 pairs of men's and women's shoes per year and employs 300 people.

As well as its Vicini and Giuseppe Zanotti Design lines, the company makes shoes for the DSquared, Roberto Cavalli and Ferre brands.