January 19, 2010 / 6:18 PM / 9 years ago

Fashion house Versace to launch luxury cellphone

MILAN (Reuters Life!) - Italian fashion house Versace will launch its first luxury cellphone, entering a blooming sector for designer brands.

The Milan-based house, a favorite with celebrities for the red-carpet, said in a statement on Tuesday it would launch the phone commercially in the spring.

It will show it off for the first time to select clients at a private showing during Paris Haute Couture week later this month. It did not say how much it would sell for. Versace, which has already expanded into jewelry, watches and interior design, said it had signed a license agreement with ModeLabs Group for the design, manufacture and distribution of the phone.

The fashion label started by the late Gianni Versace and now owned by his sister Donatella, her brother Santo and her daughter Allegra, has just presented its autumn/winter 2010/2011 menswear collection at Milan fashion week. It is not the first fashion house to launch a cellphone. Giorgio Armani unveiled a new sleek mobile phone in October costing 700 euros ($1,001) and Prada has also had a phone on the market for some time.

Editing by Paul Casciato

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