Luxury firm Prada has taken on Agostino Ropolo, former head of LVMH's fashion and leather in Italy, to oversee an international expansion of the Church's brand.


According to The Sunday Times, Ropolo will be in charge of opening new stores on the Continent, in the US and in the Far East.


The appointment comes as industry rumours say Prada could buy the remainder of Church's it does not own (55%), reported the newspaper.


Prada sold the stake to private equity firm Equinox in 2003.


The plan to regain control of Church's is said to be connected to Prada's talks with Banca Intesa over the latter paying EUR100m (US$127.90m) for 5% for the group.