People Group, a big Chinese group that makes and sells shoes, handbags and accessories, has acquired Fornarina through a company based in Hong Kong, Bright Fame Holdings. Based in the Marche region of Italy, Fornarina, which was one of the first Italian shoe and apparel companies to do business in China, will continue to focus on shoes and denim clothing, but will add more fashionable clothing. It will be run by Mauro Gabrielli, who has been involved with Fornarina on the sale side for a long time. Named after his former owner, Lino Fornari, Fornarina went under bankruptcy protection in 2014.

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