Fashion house Jil Sander, which is owned by Prada, says it will shift its remaining German manufacturing operations to Italy in an attempt to cut costs.

The Hamburg-based label said it hoped that the move, part of an ongoing restructuring which has already seen most of the company's production shift to Italy, would help it return to profit in 2006.

Only the label's headquarters functions, textile design and product development will remain in Germany.

It is as yet unknown how many of the company's 400 jobs in Germany will be axed.
 
The label's founder, Jil Sander, quit the business for the second time in November 2004 after irresolvable disagreements with Prada on the company's future strategy.