Italian design house Mariella Burani Fashion Group SpA has bought Austrian luxury retailer Don Gil for EUR5.5 million.

Mariella Burani, which also owns German label Rene Lezard, acquired the Vienna-based company from unlisted Palmers Textile AG.

The Italian company will sell products from its entire brand range across Don Gil's 37 boutiques in Austria, while continuing production of the retailer's lucrative private label collection in Italy.

Don Gil, which enjoyed sales of EUR52m in 2003, currently stocks men's and women's fashions by Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Cavalli and Ermenegildo Zegna.