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Latest Updates Korean garment manufacturer Louis Castel opens retail stores in Kansai
Dec 01, 2017
The Korean company VL & CO, which sells golf wear and casual wear at approximately 300 stores in Korea and abroad under the brand name "Louis Castel", opened three directly managed retail stores in the Kansai region from May to September 2017. A company representative said, "We chose the Kansai region since the color and design of our products match with the preferences of the local people." The company is considering adding more stores.
The Korean headquarters, which imports clothing fabric from Japan, has engaged in full-fledged business in Japan since September 2016 with the incorporation of a material manufacturer in Osaka. In particular, they aim to differentiate products from other companies by developing products which adopt locally-supplied functional materials and to sell products that are competitive in the Japanese market as well.
For the opening the Japanese Louis Castel stores, the JETRO's Invest Japan Business Support Center (IBSC) provided support for the recruitment of new staff in Osaka, referrals to interior construction companies and assistance in the search for candidate properties.