Luxury apparel maker Gucci Group NV has acquired a 70 per cent stake in Italian footwear company Pigini SRL.

Based in Recanati, Picini employs about 100 workers and has made shoes under license to Gucci for about 20 years.

A Gucci spokesman said the acquisition was "the final part of a two-year project" to fully establish the company's footwear operations, but declined to comment on financial details of the deal.

Pigini will now supply Gucci with women's fashion and athletic footwear.