Escada has agreed to farm out the design, development and production of a portion of its footwear line to Vicini, the company of Giuseppe Zanotti that already produces about 400,000 pairs annually under his own name and those of brands such as Roberto Cavalli and Gianfranco Ferré. Escada, which has been developing its footwear collection in-house for several years, will continue to work with other Italian producers for the rest of its line through its office in Florence. Escada’s creative director, Damiano Biella, will continue to supervise the design of the whole collection.