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Palamon invests in Il Bisonte

Palamon Capital Partners, a pan-European growth investor, has invested in Il Bisonte, a high quality Italian luxury leather accessories brand.  The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Founded in 1970 in Florence by Wanny di Filippo, Il Bisonte is one of the few remaining independent Italian brands for hand-crafted luxury leather handbags and accessories. It is globally recognised for its artisanal products made from naturally treated, vegetable-tanned leather sourced from Sante Croce sull'Arno in Tuscany.
Il Bisonte’s footprint covers Europe, the US and Asia and the Company sells its products through a retail portfolio of over 50 sites including mono-brand boutiques and department stores. The Company has established a particularly strong presence in Asia, led by Japan where its products are sold through a rapidly growing network of more than 30 stores in partnership with listed distributor Look Inc.
Palamon’s investment in Il Bisonte stems from its ongoing thesis work in specialty retail that identified well-positioned European brands that could rapidly accelerate growth in a global market. Palamon believes Il Bisonte, an established brand in the fast-growing affordable luxury segment, offers a particularly exciting opportunity for growth through continuing geographic expansion across both developed and emerging markets and improving its distribution capabilities through retail, wholesale and online channels. Palamon’s previous investments in the specialty retail sector include: dress-for-less, a German online retailer for designer apparel, and, the leading pure-play online retailer of premium beauty products in the UK.
Following the transaction, Wanny di Filippo will remain President of Il Bisonte and on its board and continue to lead the design of future collections. The Company has appointed Giuseppe Bonfiglio as CEO.  Mr Bonfiglio has built an extensive career in leading a number of international luxury and fashion brands and was most recently CEO of Harry’s of London, the luxury footwear brand.  Previously, he was President and CEO of US luxury handbag and accessories brand Lambertson Truex and Commercial Director of Bottega Veneta.
Fabio Massimo Giuseppetti, partner of Palamon Capital Partners, says: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Wanny di Filippo and Il Bisonte, a Company which has genuine heritage, deep artisanal expertise and a strong brand with proven global appeal. We look forward to building on the current success and fulfil its growth potential.”

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