Jean-Paul Gaultier to quit ready-to-wear

Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:33pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier said on Monday it will no longer produce men's and women's ready-to-wear.

The house, controlled by Spanish perfume maker Puig, will concentrate on haute couture collections, perfume and various collaborations within the industry, it said in a statement.

Family-owned Puig, which makes perfume for fashion houses Prada and Commes des Garcons and owns fashion brands Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne, bought control in Jean-Paul Gaultier in 2011 from Hermes.

Jean-Paul Gaultier, one of the long-standing stars of French fashion alongside Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, opened the business in the early 1980s.

(Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Michael Urquhart)

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier appears with a model at the end of his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week March 1, 2014.    REUTERS/Benoit Tessier