Luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton LVMH has taken a majority stake in British luxury shoe brand Nicholas Kirkwood.

The French group said that as part of the deal, it will provide its expertise to the brand, allowing Nicholas Kirkwood to "further develop his vision and build his brand internationally".

"We are delighted to welcome Nicholas Kirkwood in the LVMH group. Nicholas' talent for shoe design is exceptional and I am especially impressed with his commitment to innovation and craftsmanship," said Louis Vuitton executive vice president Delphine Arnault.

"Throughout our meetings, I was particularly struck by his entrepreneurship and we discovered rapidly that we shared the same vision and beliefs. We want to allow him to further explore the boundaries of his creativity while the brand will benefit from LVMH's expertise." 

Nicholas Kirkwood founded his eponymous shoe brand in 2004 with business partner Christopher Suarez. His collections are distributed in 150 department and speciality stores around the world.