Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit has signed a five-year licensing deal with French kid's wear retailer Groupe Zannier for its children's line in Europe.

The agreement, which will take effect from 1 January 2016, is the result of a year-long assessment by Esprit of the best business solution for its Esprit Kids division. The deal will see the development, production and distribution of the unit's apparel and accessories line in Europe and the Middle East.

Esprit Kids products will continue to be available in Esprit's e-shop and owned stores, and available for retail and wholesale partners of the group.

The first Esprit Kids collection to be fully developed by Groupe Zannier will launch in autumn/winter 2016.