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North Sails to launch three menswear lines at Pitti

Sailmaker and sportswear brand North Sails is gearing up to launch three new menswear lines at Pitti Uomo in January following a merger in October 2014 of all its related companies, including the former clothing license holder Tomasoni Topsail.

The businesses began to trade as one brand under the North Sails name after being acquired by Oakley Capital Private Equity and former Scotch & Soda owner Eric Bijlsma, who took on the role of chief executive. Shortly before, Oakley invested in North Sails owner North Technology Group, allowing it to consolidate the operations.

The autumn 15 clothing ranges will debut at Pitti Uomo, which runs between January 13-16, before showing at Premium in Berlin a few days later, January 19-21.

North Sails Black will feature “clean, but not minimalist” pieces with nautical touches, North Sails Deep Blue will focus on preppy and traditional menswear styles, and North Sails Ocean Blue will comprise of pieces inspired by the surf scene.

The brand also plans to launch a selection of non-seasonal items, but these will not amount to a separate range.

A spokesperson told Drapers North Sails is currently “in negotiation” with UK stockists for its debut season, but could not confirm names.

It is also seeking “a small selection of the world’s most exclusive fashion stores” to hold its Black line. Prices are not yet available.

North Sails was founded in California in 1957 and sells clothing, outerwear and accessories online via its European-facing website.

Tomasoni Topsail also holds a license to manufacture and distribute sailing-inspired clothing brand Henry Lloyd, including it in the merger deal. That business continues to operate on its own and no further plans have been revealed.

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