Apparel and footwear distributor Total Apparel Group Inc (TAG) has secured the master licensing rights for the Kappa and Robe Di Kappa brands in the US and Canada.

The multi-year agreement signed with the brands' parent company, Turin, Italy-based BasicNet Group SpA, includes men's, women's and children's footwear, apparel, accessories and related sports equipment.

The Kappa brand already has annual sales of $3.0m, mostly from the Canadian market.

But TAG believes it can increase sales "substantially" through a "slight repositioning of the Kappa brand in the US and the introduction of the Robe Di Kappa brand in both markets."

"We will seek to leverage the existing distribution network forged through our role as the official master distributor of FIFA and FIFA World Cup licensed apparel and accessories in the US," TAG CEO Janon Costley explained. 

A wholly-owned subsidiary, Kappa North America, has been set up to manage the two Italian brands.