The brand rights and other assets of the bankrupt Bretoniere Group have been taken over by the RNF Group. Owned by Ron Janssen and Ferry Helmer, the Dutch group already owns a major trading company, Ferro Footwear, and Mexx, whose shoes are developed and sold by Ferro. As reported in our last issue, the Bretoniere Group had filed for insolvency on its wholesale and retail operations, blaming a drop in sales due to tough market conditions. The Dutch group sells shoes and handbags under two brand names, Fred de la Bretoniere and Shabbies Amsterdam.