Jean Paul Gaultier set for streetwear

Line will feature younger and more casual items

Jean Paul Gaultier will launch a streetwear line next year.

The Paris designer will unveil his urban clothing collection for men and women in June 2013.

The range is reportedly set to be filled with younger and more casual items than his glamorous and adventurous main fashion line, according to the WWD website.

Italian clothing manufacturer Ittierre SpA will distribute the collection, after having experience working on the diffusion lines spawned from fashion's biggest names in the past, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.

The company also plans to manufacture lines for Karl Lagerfeld and Balmain in the future.

Discussing the foundations of the Gaultier collection in more detail, Ittierre general director Alessandro Locatelli said the designer's signature "sartorial" style will be seen in the offering.

It will also be "close to the history of Ittierre and to the consumer", he said.

The as-yet-unnamed streetwear range will be Gaultier's fourth diffusion line since he launched his own brand in 1976.

The new collection is expected to follow in the designer's tradition of taking inspiration from music and the theatre. In a recent interview he revealed more about the nature of his designs.

"I do not see myself as an artist but as a craftsman. I do not think fashion is art," Gaultier told TWELV Magazine.

"Anything can inspire me - travelling, books, cinema, theatre."

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