Tom Ford is expected to announce as early as today that he has signed a manufacturing deal for his signature men’s wear collection with Ermenegildo Zegna, reports Women’s Wear Daily.

The industry has speculated about who Ford would turn to in developing his ready-to-wear luxury men’s collection every since he announced his decision last fall. According to WWD, men’s wear house Zegna was the logical choice. Domenico De Sole, Ford’s business partner, is a member of Zegna’s board. Furthermore, Zegna produced the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent men’s collections when Ford was creative director at those houses.

Further to these personal connections, Zegna has the right resources to produce Ford’s collection, say sources. The company has factories in Italy and Switzerland that are capable of producing both designer suits in large quantities and more selective bespoke items. In 2005, the house generated sales of €713 million.