A number of store closures by French mail order fashion firm 3 Suisses International (3SI) before the end of this year are expected to lead to the loss of 149 jobs.

A strategic re-think will see the closure of two of its Becquet brand name ‘test’ stores, opened 18 months ago in Strasbourg and Lyon, as well as 35 of its Espace and Espace Boutiques outlets.

Last month, 3SI announced that it was investing more than EUR70m (US$ 5.9m) over the next three years to boost its online business. Plans focus on an overhaul of products and the modernisation of logistics activities.