The German Schmidt Group, which has been the licensee of Kappa for Germany since 1999, is taking over the license to the Italian brand for the Austrian market from Alois Wild, adding shoes to the range sold in the country. The Schmidt Group is also Kappa’s licensee for Poland since 2005. It owns the German Chiemsee brand of surf-inspired clothing. Kappa is one of the biggest brands of the Italian BasicNet group.